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Mr. Bilicic

David Bilicic

Senior Vice President , Magid

As Senior Vice President, David Bilicic leads new business development for Magid, a consumer-centered business strategy company delivering courageous thinking that shapes better experiences, products and services.

Mr. Bilicic brings impressive research and consulting experience to his work across several verticals including Travel/Hospitality, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, CPG and Automotive. In the past year alone he has been instrumental in the development of proprietary research specific to the consumer behaviors surrounding subscription-based services, as well as a deep dive into the private label space.

Standing on their industry-defining service, Magid is grounded by a rare combination of tailor-made research, a deep understanding of human behavior and operational expertise.

Prior to joining Magid, Mr. Bilicic was Global Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships at Realeyes - a company that determines consumers' emotional response to video and digital advertising. Before Realeyes, he gained supplier-side experience at a range of companies including: Lightspeed Research (Kantar / WPP), GfK, Research Now, IRI, and Nielsen. Notably, while at Gfk, Mr. Bilicic developed the Travel/Hospitality vertical from scratch, growing it to $10 million during his tenure.

In addition to his deep research background, Mr. Bilicic is also able to connect with the client-side perspective having honed his skills at Tropicana, Taco Bell, and Abbott Labs. He is frequently quoted in the media and has spoken at past industry events, including IIEX.

Mr. Bilicic earned degrees in HR / Organizational Development and Fitness / Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University, and also earned an MBA from The Ohio State University.

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

Mr. Bilicic can be contacted at 215-740-7337 or dbilicic@magid.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.