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Mr. Hart

Tim Hart

Chief Executive Officer, Knowland

Tim Hart has over 25 years of experience serving the travel and hospitality industry. He began his career at Andersen Consulting in 1984, after receiving his MBA in Finance. In 1988 he joined Joseph McCall and Company, an Atlanta-based technology consulting and development company. In 1992, he became VP of Product Development at Aeronomics Incorporated, a pricing and revenue management solutions provider across various travel segments, including hospitality, airlines, rental cars and cruise lines. Aeronomics later merged with Decision Focus Incorporated to become Talus Solutions, which was later acquired by Manugistics.

In 1999, Mr. Hart co-founded The Rubicon Group, a travel and hospitality data and business intelligence company. He served first as Chief Operating Officer and subsequently as Chief Executive Officer. Rubicon grew from a startup to a preeminent provider of competitive intelligence to the world's largest hospitality and rental car companies. Mr. Hart became a frequent speaker at industry meetings, presenting insights from Rubicon's deep forward-looking demand data. In 2011, Rubicon was acquired by Travelclick, a leading hospitality solutions firm. He served as Executive Vice President of Business Intelligence for Travelclick until 2014, when he became CEO of Knowland.

Under Mr. Hart's leadership, Knowland has transformed from what is commonly referred to in the hospitality industry as a 'readerboard' company to an industry innovator and a leader in market intelligence for hotels, venues, and convention and visitors bureaus. Additionally, Mr. Hart has guided Knowland through numerous acquisitions, and has significantly expanded the company's product offerings by introducing new next-generation analytics-based solutions that help customers find, evaluate, pitch and win the best groups and meetings business.

Mr. Hart lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Laurie. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.


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

Mr. Hart can be contacted at 202-312-5880 or thart@knowland.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.