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Mr. Martyna

Bobby Martyna

President & CEO, Tradavo

Bobby Martyna is co-founder and president/CEO of Tradavo. After graduating from Stony Brook University in New York, Mr. Martyna began his career at Goddard Spaceflight Center, writing satellite operations software for NASA. He subsequently moved west where he designed and developed communications technology solutions for global markets.

In 1996, Mr. Martyna launched his first entrepreneurial venture, spinning out neglected software assets of a public company into a private venture, Vertel, and re-positioning it for global success. Vertel went public in 1998. Over the last two decades, Mr. Martyna has founded and run both venture backed and bootstrapped companies, primarily in the e-commerce industry.

After identifying retail as a target market lacking in innovative technology solutions, Mr. Martyna founded Tradavo in Denver, Colorado in 2006. Tradavo built the industry's first e-commerce ordering platform for hotel markets and pantries, working directly with Marriott International to define and roll out a groundbreaking solution for simplifying wholesale purchases.

Over the last decade, Mr. Martyna drove Tradavo to add design, merchandising and technology solutions for hotels, enabling Tradavo to claim the clear industry leadership position in Managed Pantry solutions. Today, Tradavo works across all major brands, chain scales and owner/operators as well as with many independents. Tradavo continues to lead the industry with innovative design services for a number of leading hotel brands and owner/operators.

The Company is also leading the strategy of transforming lobby retail into a compelling guest destination, rather than simply for grab 'n go impulse purchases. Additionally, Mr. Martyna drove the design and implementation of Visuality™, an innovative iPad-based solution for design, merchandise planning, guest retail checkout, inventory management and task management, further advancing Tradavo's leadership position in the hospitality market.

Through Mr. Martyna's vision and the team's execution, Tradavo has become the go-to provider for retail solutions in hotel retail and currently serves 2,500 hotels throughout North America and dozens around the world.

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

Mr. Martyna can be contacted at 510-432-4577 or bmartyna@tradavo

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.