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Mr. Anderson

Calvin Anderson

Senior Vice President & Chief of Revenue Optimization, RLH Corporation

Calvin Anderson currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief of Revenue Optimization for RLH Corporation overseeing customer acquisition through revenue strategy, performance media, data management platforms, field marketing and strategic leadership over global sales. Prior to RLH Corporation, Mr. Anderson served as Vice President and founder of the Managed Services division at Duetto, a leading revenue management software company based out of San Francisco. Mr. Anderson was a founder of Duetto's Managed Services (consulting) branch delivering a 7% operating income in the founding year with progressive growth into 2017.

Mr. Anderson also held senior revenue leadership roles in New York City as Director of Revenue for the New York Hilton Midtown, NYC's largest hotel and Director of Revenue for the Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection with Highgate Hotels. In recent years, Mr. Anderson taught Distribution & Channel Management at the under undergraduate level and New Media & Distribution at the graduate-level for the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, was a recipient of the NYC Revenue Management Professional of the Year, served on HSMAI's national Revenue Management Advisory Board and served as co-chair and chair of the HSMAI Revenue Optimization Conference.

Additionally, Mr. Anderson is co-authoring a textbook in partnership with Boston University and Pearson publishing company titled: Hospitality Revenue Management. In 2018, Mr. Anderson was named 'Hotels 20 Next-Gen Hospitality Leaders' by Hotels Mag sponsored by the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Anderson graduated from the University of Kansas City Missouri in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts. Mr. Anderson currently resides in Denver, Colorado.


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

Mr. Anderson can be contacted at 800-733-5466 or calvin.anderson@rlhco.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.