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Mr. Rosser

Drew Rosser

VP of Business Development, Whiteboard Labs

Drew Rosser joined Whiteboard Labs in March of 2000 then known as Webvertising, to primarily focus on iHotelier CRS sales to hotels. After the sale of iHotelier to TravelCLICK in 2003 Mr. Rosser became the Director of Operations for the iHotelier division of TravelCLICK. Mr. Rosser started his hotel career in Orlando, Florida in 1990 then moved to Atlanta after accepting a position at Holiday Inn's Corporate Flagship Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, as the Assistant Guest Relations Manager. He was then promoted to Guest Relations Manager at another Holiday Inn property in the Atlanta area. Mr. Rosser's hotel operational background coupled with his technological experience gives him a unique insight to how a hotel or hotel chain should manage their online presence and electronic distribution. This covers everything from the hotel's Web site, to the booking engine, SEO and best practices in terms of revenue management for a hotel's overall distribution methodology. Working for a technology development firm, Mr. Rosser's experience level also includes product development, Web based application development, Software as a Service (SaaS) business model and new product launch. Mr. Rosser sits on the Board of Directors for Linx Technologies and Force 10. Both are technology based firms dealing with enterprise level systems for the spa and hotel industries.

Mr. Rosser can be contacted at 713-333-9944 or drosser@whiteboardlabs.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.