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Ms. Portmann

Toni Portmann

Chief Executive Officer, DHISCO, Inc.

Toni Portmann is CEO and executive chairman of the board of DHISCO Inc., the world's original and leading hospitality distribution company. With extensive experience across software, hardware and technology services and support, Ms. Portmann has spent more than 25 years in executive management. She joined DHISCO at the end of 2014, bringing a wealth of management skills and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, process improvement and innovative sales solutions. Prior to joining DHISCO, Ms. Portmann served as CEO for LockIN, an early stage, paradigm-busting SaaS e-learning company. An entrepreneur and “intraprenuer,” she also served for 10 years as chairman of the board of Resolvity, a privately held company specializing in intelligent interactive voice technology. Before joining LockIN, Ms. Portmann was CEO of CAS Partners/Riverstone, where she integrated the acquisition of seven disparate property management services companies that specialized in the multifamily real estate market and represented over 170,000 apartment units in 31 states. She also served as CEO of Stream Inc., where she transformed a $75 million contact services division of Software Spectrum into a global business process outsourcing leader with revenues exceeding $530 million across 30 contact centers in 16 countries. Prior to her CEO responsibilities, Ms. Portmann worked in sales, marketing and management for Diebold Inc. and IBM. Ms. Portmann holds a bachelor of business administration from Boise State University in Idaho and is a member of WCD (Women Corporate Directors). Toni is an investor in Texas Women Venture Network and serves on the TWV Portfolio Advisory Board. She established the Tyson Johnson Memorial for Another Solution Inc., which is dedicated to fighting the disease of addiction.

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Ms. Portmann can be contacted at 214-234-4072 or support@dhisco.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.