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Mr. Shah

Ron Shah

Founder & CEO, Bizly

Ron Shah is the founder and CEO of Bizly, an enterprise small meetings platform that helps employees easily book meetings and events at hotels, restaurants, and activity venues. Ron founded Bizly after his conference room was flooded and he experienced the painful process of trying to book meeting space at hotels and restaurants. Bizly's mission is to be the world's most employee-centric booking site. Bizly uses rich and original content, instant booking, messaging and compliance features to create an experience that employees love to use, with all the data and compliance features that drive success for the meetings department. Bizly currently has over 2,000 hotels and restaurants on its platform across the United States, and works with over a dozen Fortune 500 customers. Prior to launching Bizly, Ron was a venture capital professional for 15 years. He started his career at Quantum in New York and then went on to become the founder of Jina Ventures, a technology-focused global investment firm. During his time at Jina Ventures, he completed 9 M&A exits, three IPOs, and over two dozen investments. Over 12 years, Jina Ventures evolved from advisor, fund manager, to expert of emerging market secondaries. Ron spent three years as an on-air contributor for CNBC across several programs including “Trading the Globe,” “The Kudlow Report,” and “Fast Money.” Ron has served on the board of directors of several tech companies and non-profits. He has his MBA from NYU Stern and his BBA from the George Washington University.

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

Mr. Shah can be contacted at 646-530-8630 or ron@bizly.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.