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Mr. Caughlin

Ron Caughlin

Senior Vice President Brand & Digital Strategy, RadonicRodgers Strategy+

Ron Caughlin has over 20 years of marketing and brand experience in both the agency and client side of the business. His area of expertise includes marketing, brand strategy, digital, PR and social media. Mr. Caughlin has a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and Master Studies in Communications from University of Calgary. Currently Mr. Caughlin is Sr. Vice President Brand & Digital Strategy for RadonicRodgers Strategy+, a brand and digital marketing agency specializing in Travel & Tourism marketing. Ron leads RadonicRodgers Strategy+ client brand strategy, client training and workshops, digital PR and marketing initiatives at Canada's leading firm in award-winning Travel & Tourism marketing. Mr. Caughlin honed his marketing communications career at some of Canada's top agencies starting with BBDO as an Account Director and then VP, Clients Services at Cossette as well as the Managing Director for CIM, - LAUNCH. He had the opportunity to lead some very notable national clients including the McDonalds national campaign and the Bell power brand strategy and activation. Most recently Mr. Caughlin created the inbound marketing, PR and social media program for TNS Canada as VP, Marketing. In addition, he was the practice lead for the Travel & Tourism and Digital Sectors and led the global Digital Life and Mobile Life studies. Mr. Caughlin built the marketing program from the ground up, at the GTAA (Toronto Pearson) as the Vice President Marketing and created the digital marketing partnership with Air Canada, Tourism Toronto and OTMPC. He also developed the "There's no place like this" campaign for the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership (OTMPC) as Director, Brand and North America Marketing. Mr. Caughlin is also a part-time professor at Humber - School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism where he teaches PR and Social Media, Consumer Insight and Marketing Research, Sport Tourism, Sport Finance, Mobile Marketing and e-Business and Technology. He also volunteers his time as the Sr. Vice President of Global Alliance for IIMP with a framework that consists of a core team that includes 4 vice presidents, each responsible for a different global zone and global team that includes 17 regional directors who are responsible for supervising and monitoring country managers within their regions.

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

Mr. Caughlin can be contacted at 416-695-0575 or ron@radonicrodgers.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.