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Mr. Navach

Jeff Navach

Vice President of Marketing, MediaAlpha

Jeff Navach is the Vice President of Marketing for MediaAlpha where he is responsible for leading all marketing activities, including brand development, demand generation and customer insights. MediaAlpha innovates at the intersection of programmatic technology and vertical search, bringing transparency and efficiency to both buyers and sellers. Its platform empowers advertisers to more effectively engage high-intent consumers through a variety of touchpoints to increase campaign ROI. Publishers gain granular control over their inventory to optimize yield and maximize revenue. MediaAlpha is an advertising technology company that enables and optimizes the real-time buying and selling of vertical and comparison search media. MediaAlpha's advertising technology platform powers over 25 million high-value transactions annually, representing more than $200 million in media spend across travel, insurance, personal finance, education, and home services verticals. At MediaAlpha Mr. Navach leads the company's marketing activities, bringing a customer-centric focus to building brand awareness and driving demand for MediaAlpha's exchange technology solutions. He favors a results-oriented approach to growth strategies, sales and marketing, and corporate development. The company has recently applied its comparison search media technology in the travel & tourism space, generating revenue on bottom-of-the-funnel media for hotels, airlines, auto rentals, cruises, and destinations. Prior to joining MediaAlpha, Mr. Navach was Vice President of Professional Services and Customer Success at Valkre Solutions. He has spent over 10 years focused on customer engagement and B2B sales & marketing in the software and digital media industries. Mr. Navach holds an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Business Economics from UCLA.

Please visit http://www.mediaalpha.com. for more information.

Mr. Navach can be contacted at 773-988-8754 or jeff@mediaalpha.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.