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Mr. Gorman

Larry Gorman

Chief Technology Evangelist, SkyTouch Technology

Larry Gorman has 20 years of experience delivering technology solutions to the hospitality industry, serving in various technical and leadership roles focused on property management systems. Mr. Gorman is currently the Chief Technology Evangelist for SkyTouch Technology, a leading technology provider to the hospitality industry. SkyTouch drives customer delight with solutions that deliver easier, faster, and more efficient hotel operations. SkyTouch's flagship product, the Hotel OS®, is the most widely used cloud-based property management system in the industry, relied upon by more than 6000 hotels worldwide to manage their mission-critical business operations. The Hotel OS is accessible from virtually any device with access to the internet, allowing hoteliers to manage their operations from anywhere. In his role at SkyTouch, Mr. Gorman focuses on business development, product vision, industry education and fostering SkyTouch's culture of focused innovation. Mr. Gorman works with hoteliers to help them leverage technology to grow their business, improve their operations, and enhance their guest experience. Mr. Gorman is a member of the Vendor Advisory Council for Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the hospitality industry's leading trade association for fostering collaboration between hoteliers and technology providers. He co-chairs the HTNG payments workgroup, partnering with other technology leaders to educate the industry on payments-related technologies and best practices. Prior to his role at SkyTouch Technology, Mr. Gorman led the Property Systems Development group for Choice Hotels International. In that role, Mr. Gorman was responsible for the initial architecture, design, and implementation of choiceADVANTAGE, the industry's first large-scale, cloud-based property management system. Mr. Gorman is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

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

Mr. Gorman can be contacted at 602-337-2800 or lgorman@skytouchtechnology.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.