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Mr. Post

Robert Post

Chief Executive Officer, Knowland

Robert (Bob) Post is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Knowland, a provider of hospitality software to properties looking to regain control of their profitability. Mr. Post joined Knowland in May, 2019 to lead them through their next phase of growth. Mr. Post is also the Executive Chairman of FranConnect and is an active Board Member of The Monaker Group.

As an entrepreneur and veteran software company executive, Mr. Post excels at leading tech companies through mid-cap stages of growth, including exit strategies. He specializes in restructuring and operational turnarounds for private equity and public entities. He focuses his efforts on businesses with growth paths from $10m to $200m in revenue.

As a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other executive leadership roles, Mr. Post has worked with many high-growth companies including TravelCLICK, FranConnect, Cloud5 Communications and Oracle Hospitality. In addition, he provides executive-level consulting on Technology and Distribution technology to Travel and Hospitality industry brands including Marriott, Amadeus, and IHG.

Mr. Post was recognized as the CEO of the Year by the Illinois Information Technology Association and named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Duquesne University and attended the Advanced Management Program with Wharton School of Business.

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

Mr. Post can be contacted at +1 202-312-5880 or rpost@knowland.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.