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Mr. Pfeifer

Luke Pfeifer

Director of Product Management, Agilysys

Luke Pfeifer holds the position of director of product management at Agilysys. Agilysys is a leading technology company that provides innovative software and services for property management, point-of-sale, reservation and table management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry.

Mr. Pfeifer is responsible for driving the vision and direction for Agilysys' hotel property management technology solutions. He also led the design, development and launch of the company's groundbreaking rGuest® Stay property management system.

Mr. Pfeifer joined Agilysys in 2009 and has served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. He is responsible for guiding the direction of the company's property management systems. Prior to Agilysys, he enjoyed approximately 10 years in hospitality operations most recently at Kalahari Resorts where he served as Rooms Division Director in Sandusky, Ohio.

Mr. Pfeifer has worked for other organizations including Gemstone Resorts (now Benchmark), Great Wolf Resorts, and Pride Hospitality. In addition to his hospitality operations tenure, he founded Global Logics Guest Link a service that installed some of the first WIFI-enabled hotels in Wisconsin. He was also the founder of Digital Axis, a leading internet provider in Wisconsin. He sold Digital Axis in 1999.

Mr. Pfeifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from Lakeland College (now Lakeland University). Agilysys operates throughout North America, Europe and Asia, with corporate services located in Alpharetta, GA, and offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and India.

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

Mr. Pfeifer can be contacted at 877-369-6208 or luke.pfeifer@agilysys.com

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.