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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 February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.