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Ms. Maher

Shelley Maher

Director of Business Development & Client Relations, Total Customized Revenue Management

As a Director of Business Development and Client Relations, Shelley Maher plays a crucial role at Total Customized Revenue Management as the company expands throughout the country and into international markets.

With an extensive background in property-level hotel sales and knowledge in driving revenues in a variety of markets, Ms. Maher is a highly successful and effective professional with a passion for exceeding budgets and fostering a focused, results-driven team.

Ms. Maher's career spans approximately 30 years in the hospitality industry, which includes several leadership positions within the Hilton and Hyatt brands, where she directed sales and marketing for hotels in the downtown and suburban markets integrating her efforts with various facets of revenue management.

Most recently, she served as Director of Group Sales for the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, leading the charge for driving group revenues, preparing a budget and business plan to achieve measurable and significant results, forecasting the group segment, controlling costs and achieving year-over-year revenues in a competitive downtown market.

In recognition of her success and leadership, Ms. Maher's team was given the title of Sales Team of the Year in 2011 by the Embassy Suites Brand for her stellar results as Director of Sales & Marketing in exceeding budget, production results and market share.

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis was the proud recipient of Hyatt's Revenue Team of the Year award in 2016, partially as a result of Ms. Maher's dedication and success as Director of Group Sales.

Ms. Maher has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University, and is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

Ms. Maher can be contacted at +1 623-536-7066 or Shelley@tcrmservices.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.