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Mr. Schrils

Gustaaf Schrils

Chief Information Officer, White Lodging

Gustaaf Schrils is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for White Lodging based outside Chicago.   He is a passionate member of the Executive Committee and responsible for leading all aspects of technology applied by this enterprise.   Mr. Schrils led the creation and successful execution of a complete digital transformation program and as a result build a resilient and highly scalable computing platform.    He leveraged enterprise wide information to drive business insights and continuous improvement.   He is a key advocate of technology to his colleagues.

White Lodging is a privately owned company that develops and operates 100 hotels representing 28 brands, 40 Restaurants, a Winery, Brewery and a Farm with almost $1.5B in gross revenue.  White Lodging employs 10,000 associates and has 10 hotels under construction.    White Lodging has won the 2018 and 2019 Gallup Great Workplace award, and recipient of 2019 Conde Nast Reader's choice award, Marriott Best Full Service Franchise Hotel and General Manager, Leisure Magazine number 1 resort hotel in the U.S. and number 2 in the world.

A proven leader, with over 30 years of hospitality technology experience, Mr. Schrils has been with White Lodging for 4 years now.  He is most widely recognized for his tenure of 20 years at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where he held several senior technology positions with global responsibility.

Mr. Schrils is a board member for HTNG, member of several technology advisory committees and advisor to technology start up's and VC in Chicago. 

Mr. Schrils holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering and a Master's Degree in Engineering Management both from the Florida Institute of Technology.   He was born in Curacao and is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamentu.

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

Mr. Schrils can be contacted at +1 219-472-2969 or gustaaf.schrils@whitelodging.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.