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Mr. Wilms

Ed Wilms

Principal, DLR Group

Ed Wilms is DLR Group's National Hospitality Design Leader. In this role he is a frequent traveler, which he parlays into research for his next hotel design. This opportunity to be the end user has helped Mr. Wilms shape his definition of the definitive guest experience. Mr. Wilms is instrumental in DLR Group's ongoing design for expansion and renovations at the Mall of America including the award-winning JW Marriott Minneapolis. He works closely with flagship brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and his projects include the Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District, AC Hotel Gainesville, Austin DoubleTree by Hilton, AC Hotel Grand Rapids, The Elizabeth, Marriott Autograph, and the AC Hotel San Francisco. Mr. Wilms's passion and focus to deliver the best guest experience has led him to be successful in developing numerous world-class memorable experiences to owners, developers, brands and guests to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. He draws on his 25 years of experience in design, planning, and project management to provide leadership on a wide range of complex large scale hotel projects. He understands the importance of engaging stakeholders in a highly collaborative design process to produce spaces that enhance the guest experience and build brand loyalty. His strong leadership and guidance creates an open and effective project team to accomplish the clients' vision. "I love that my job is different every day. Each day brings a new design problem and I love being able to work it out with the most talented group of professionals at DLR Group."

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

Mr. Wilms can be contacted at 612-977-3567 or ewilms@dlrgroup.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.