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Mr. Pal

Suman Pal

Principal Product Manager, Agilysys

Mr. Suman Pal is currently serving as Principal Product Manager at Agilysys, a leading technology company providing advanced software solutions for property management, analytics, inventory and procurement, workforce management, document management, payment gateway, point-of-sale and mobile solutions and services for the hospitality industry. Mr. Pal is responsible for the innovation of the company's next generation hospitality guest data management and analytics across food and beverage and lodging technology solutions. In this role, Mr. Pal works closely with operators to understand their day-to-day challenges and opportunities. His research work enables the development of technology that helps hoteliers better understand their guests' habits and adapt to the digital transformation happening in this industry. Mr. Pal leads strategic initiatives that elevate their guests' experiences through personalized services. He also leads the product and partner strategy for Agilysys' next generation cloud-based property management system. He has launched several new enterprise grade cloud-based products and has led global expansion of products to help customers grow their businesses in a repeatable, scalable and profitable manner. His passion about human-centered design always puts the customer experience front and center of the product development process. Prior to joining Agilysys, Mr. Pal held product strategy and solutions management roles at several leading technology firms including Microsoft, Capital One, GMAC Insurance and TalentWise. In his prior roles, Mr. Pal has tackled a variety of challenges similar to the ones currently facing the hospitality industry. Mr. Pal earned his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Varanasi) and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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

Mr. Pal can be contacted at 877-369-6208 or suman.pal@agilysys.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.