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Mr. Effron

Justin Effron

Co-Founder & CEO, ALICE

Justin Effron is the Co-Founder and CEO of ALICE. ALICE is the first complete communication, cost savings and revenue generation operations platform for hotels, which enhances the guest experience and connects all points within the hotel to simplify guest service - and make it more cost-effective.

ALICE's partners include 3-5 star independent and managed hotels, hotel groups, residential condominiums, serviced apartments, vacation rental companies, and concierge companies looking to provide exceptional service through mobile staff technology and guest communication channels.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Effron graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Previously, Mr. Effron was an analyst on the Equity Portfolio Trading Desk at Citigroup, leaving in 2013 to build ALICE with co-founders Alexander Shashou and Dmitry Koltunov.

As CEO, Mr. Effron leads all fundraising, sales and business development. He and his co-founders have raised a total of $39M and acquired the company's main competitor in the concierge technology space, GoConcierge, in 2017.

Since its founding, ALICE has gained serious traction in the industry, working many of the world's leading hotel and luxury residential brands, including Two Roads Hospitality, Dream Hotel Group, Grupo Posadas, SIXTY Hotels, NYLO Hotels, and Leading Hotels of the World.

Please visit https://info.aliceapp.com for more information.

Mr. Effron can be contacted at 212-579-2861 or justin@aliceapp.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.