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Mr. Cheatham

Michael J. Cheatham

Director of Sales Recruitment, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Michael J. Cheatham is the director of sales recruitment for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and President of Inspired Solutions and Associates. In his position with Hyatt, Cheatham's responsibilities include recruiting candidates for management positions in sales, catering and convention services, developing directors and senior level managers, assisting in the training of entry level and junior managers and those areas with regards to employee satisfaction, retention, motivation and recognition. He also is a member of Hyatt's Diversity Council and reports directly to Fred Shea vice president of sales for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Cheatham's prior hospitality experience includes sales positions with Marriott Hotels in Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the corporate offices in Maryland. He joined Hyatt in 1994 and held the positions of associate director of sales in Illinois and Louisiana and director of sales in New Mexico. Cheatham founded Inspired Solutions & Associates in 2003. In this position, he oversees a consulting group that specializes in sales training, individualized coaching and inspired presentations. He has inspired audiences across the U.S. ranging in size up to 5000. Cheatham presently serves as a national board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and has since October 1999. His involvement began in 1990 as a volunteer for the Southern Florida Chapter. Since that time, he has served as a volunteer with chapters in Illinois, Louisiana and Ohio and on the local boards in New Mexico and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cheatham can be contacted at 312-750-8028 or mcheatha@corphq.hyatt.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.