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Mr. Benjamin

Mike Benjamin

Co-Founder & Vice President, Guestware

Mike Benjamin is the Vice President of Sales and co-owner of Guestware - a hospitality customer relationship management (CRM) and Guest Experience software and solution provider. Mr. Benjamin co-founded the company in 1990 after working at Boeing for five years as a Mechanical Engineer. In the early days of the company, the business developed custom software for many industries. By 1993, they had established a niche in the lodging industry with an innovative guest response system used by hotels to track service requests and problems. By 1996, the software had evolved into a fully developed hotel CRM system for hotels and resorts, and the trade name Guestware was formed.

Guestware is a powerful, integrated Guest Experience Platform used by hospitality companies around the world to attain the highest levels of guest satisfaction. Guestware collects, manages and reports on all guest information in one comprehensive database, enabling hotels and resorts to improve the guest experience while enhancing operational efficiencies. Behind the scenes, Guestware delivers actionable information to the right people by complementing and enhancing existing property management systems, hotel operations, and marketing to help hospitality companies share information and realize departmental collaboration—all with the goal of improving the overall hotel guest experience.

Mr. Benjamin is actively involved in many aspects of running the business including strategic planning, marketing, and major account management. In addition, he leads the sales team, professional services group and business partner relations at Guestware.

Mr. Benjamin is actively involved in the international expansion of the business with over 1500 implementations globally. 

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

Mr. Benjamin can be contacted at 206-233-0110 or mike.benjamin@guestware.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.