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Mr. Cisco

Carlo Cisco

Chief Executive Officer, Select Innovations, Inc.

Carlo Cisco is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and innovator. He is best known for his current role as the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Select Innovations, Inc.

Mr. Cisco started his first successful business in college, helping bring thousands of customers to local venues throughout Miami. He has since helped build or grow companies of all sizes ranging from pre-development stage startups to companies like Groupon and Bloomingdales. Most notably, he helped build Groupon Japan, turning it into one of the company's largest and most successful international markets in just two months.

Mr. Cisco's current company SELECT is a private membership community and concierge service that provides access to exclusive events, insider pricing, and VIP perks at thousands of locations. SELECT partners with top rated local restaurants and nightlife venues as well as premier global brands in travel, retail, entertainment & more. SELECT's 10,000+ members receive exclusive benefits at over 500,000 partner locations.

SELECT has received a lot of media attention after quickly being called “AMEX for the Next Generation” and “The Black Card for Millennials” by Fox Business.

Mr. Cisco is also a member of the YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Council), an elite organization for successful entrepreneurs. He is frequently featured as an expert on entrepreneurship, business, and marketing in news outlets including Mashable, Forbes, Fox Business, Tech.co, USA Today, TheNextWeb, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo!, WSJ, ReadWriteWeb, and Inc. among many others.

Mr. Cisco was recently named a top ten personal branding expert to follow in 2017 by Entrepreneur Magazine. He was also heralded as “One of hospitality's fastest growing stars” by the publication.

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

Mr. Cisco can be contacted at 646-481-4061 or carlo@meetselect.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.