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Mr. Laveti

Sridhar Laveti

Vice President of R&D & Global Customer Support, Agilysys

Mr. Sridhar Laveti is the Vice President of R&D and Global Customer Support at Agilysys. In this role, he is responsible for leading the product engineering and product management strategies for InfoGeenisis, LMS, Visual One, Eatec, DataMagine, rGuest Seat and SWS. Mr. Laveti is an accomplished executive and brings more than 25 years of demonstrated technology and management leadership skills to the customer support teams.

Prior to joining Agilysys in 2017, Mr. Laveti was the Senior Vice President of Gaming Systems Business at Scientific Games, a lottery and gaming company. In that role, Mr. Laveti was responsible for overseeing over 1,300 employees and managing the Gaming Systems business group, which included R&D, Product Management, Services and Support.

In his earlier career, Mr. Laveti was with Manhattan Associates, a supply chain planning and execution software solutions company. As one of the first five employees, Mr. Laveti helped drive the design, development and services of the company's flagship products. During his 14 years at Manhattan Associates, Mr. Laveti held a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, overseeing the development and services management of their supply chain solutions. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Professional Services at Manhattan Associates, responsible for software delivery and consulting services. During his tenure, Mr. Laveti contributed to the company's significant revenue grew to approximately $300 million annually, and more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

Mr. Laveti graduated from University of Madras, India with a master's degree in Engineering. He also received a bachelor's degree in electronics and communications from University of Madras, India. In his free time, Mr. Laveti volunteers with multiple charities in Atlanta area to assist underprivileged families in urban areas.


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

Mr. Laveti can be contacted at 770-810-7800 or sridhar.laveti@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.