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Mr. Phillips

David Phillips

Co-Founder & President, Jurny Inc.

David Phillips is the co-founder and president of Jurny, a hospitality tech company offering SaaS-based management solutions designed to accommodate the evolving needs and expectations of the modern traveler.

Mr. Phillips has more than 10 years of experience in developing and licensing intellectual property, executing major strategic partnerships and creating massive growth in companies. In his early 20s, he was responsible for building global brands that amassed tens of millions in sales and entered negotiations for major entertainment production deals. Mr. Phillips has been responsible for more than $75 million in licensed consumer product sales over the course of his career.

In 2017, Mr. Phillips decided to use this expertise to co-found GuestWiser, now Jurny, with his current partner and co-founder, Luca Zambello, with one goal in mind - to disrupt one of the oldest marketplaces in the world, hospitality. Without selling any equity, they have grown the business from $0 to $2.3 million in revenue, built technology, automated large scale operations and developed a complex infrastructure capable of handling the remote management and operation of thousands of professionally run short-term units with just a hand full of employees. The duo bootstrapped the company prior to raising more than $4.9 million in funding.

The company now operates more than 370 units across five markets (with more than 2,500 additional units in the pipeline), managing the highest reviewed and revenue-generating units in the industry year-over-year. In August, the company reported 200 percent growth with occupancy rates double the industry standard during peak hotel closures due to the global pandemic.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-phillips-a1ba3733/

Mr. Phillips can be contacted at +1 949-258-2151 or david@jurny.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.