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Mr. Hazinski

Thomas Hazinski

Managing Director, HVS Facililties Consulting

Thomas A. Hazinski is the Managing Director of HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting in Chicago, Illinois. His consulting practice is dedicated to the market and financial analysis of public assembly facilities, including convention and conference centers, headquarters hotels, sports and event facilities, performing arts venues, tourism attractions, mixed-use developments, and other development initiatives.

Mr. Hazinski has over 25 years of experience in the public policy arena, as both a public official and a consultant. He specializes in providing economic and financial research to public agencies involved in economic development initiatives. Before starting his consulting career, Mr. Hazinski served in several positions for the City of Chicago, including assistant budget director. In this capacity, he managed the City's revenue analysis unit and was responsible for project revenue estimation, legislative review, and fiscal impact analyses. Mr. Hazinski holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Mr. Hazinski has managed over 400 assignments related to the analysis of public assembly facilities and is a widely published industry leader. He is a leading expert on public/private partnerships in hotel development. Tom has helped his clients successfully develop public facilities projects in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, New York City, Nashville, Baltimore, Raleigh, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, and many other US markets-large and small. His extensive international experience includes hospitality and mixed-use projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Hazinski has taught a class at Roosevelt University in Chicago on the feasibility study of hospitality and tourism assets.


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

Mr. Hazinski can be contacted at 312-587-9900 x11 or thazinski@hvs.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.