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Mr. Hartz

Jay Hartz

President, Next Generation Revenue Per Available Room

When you take a hotel that no one could turn a profit on and make the red ink disappear, most hoteliers would agree you have a recipe for success.

Jay Hartz, CHA, purchased the distressed Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa in 2013. With a long history of dealing with and succeeding in insolvency situations, Mr. Hartz believed he had what it took to turn the iconic property around. In 12 short months, the hotel was in the black, and in early 2018, he sold the thriving property in order to take his turnaround strategy on the road.

Today, Mr. Hartz is the President of Next Generation Revenue Per Available Room, which is a consulting and training firm focusing on helping hotels reach their full revenue potential. His NextGenRevPar Professional Sales Training Program has been designed after 30 years of hotel industry expertise with many of the major international brands including Marriott, IHG, Hilton Choice and Wyndham. The model focuses on an eight-week training program followed by ongoing weekly support, because he firmly believes repetition is what drives successful results. The NextGenRevPar program incorporates three key factors: 1) Owning a “hotel specific” sales model; 2) Decreasing sales turnover; and 3) Maximizing revenue potential.

Mr. Hartz is passionate about helping salespeople develop their skill set and his proprietary “Hartz Hotel Selling Institute” is unparalleled in our industry as it provides an innovative approach to lead generation, prospecting, and shifting business from competitors.

Mr. Hartz graduated from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Business Administration and Management General.


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

Mr. Hartz can be contacted at 515-802-8280 or jay@nextgenrevpar.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.