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Mr. Colaco

Pedro Colaco

President & CEO, GuestCentric Systems

Pedro Colaco co-founded GuestCentric Systems in October 2006 and has served as President and CEO since. Mr. Colaco brings extensive experience in the networking and software industries to his role. Mr. Colaco has a proven track record of driving successful product development, marketing, sales and channel management efforts in the global market. Headquartered in Stamford, CT with offices in UK and Portugal, GuestCentric Systems (http://www.guestcentric.com) is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider that revolutionizes the way independent hotel operators compete for customers. GuestCentric's Hotel e-Commerce Optimization is a one-stop-shop solution that offers simple and cost-effective ways for hoteliers to create a professional web site design, integrate direct online booking and online marketing capabilities to boost revenues, lower expenses and develop long-standing relationships with customers. GuestCentric has a growing customer base in the United States and leading tourism markets like the United Kingdom and Spain. Prior to founding GuestCentric, Mr. Colaco was Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Corvil, an Ireland based software start-up funded by Apax Partners and Cisco Systems. During his tenure at Corvil he built a global Product Management and Marketing organization to support a sales team of over 60 professionals. Before joining Corvil, Mr. Colaco was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Expand Networks, a leading vendor of application traffic management solutions based in New Jersey from where he managed the company's marketing and business development activities on all six continents. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Colaco was Director of Product Management and Marketing for Unisphere Networks a Boston startup, where he was responsible for developing and managing the market strategy for next-generation IP voice products including network and service management. Prior to Unisphere, he worked 7 years for the information and communications division of Siemens where he held increasingly senior roles in product management and product development at offices in Germany and the United States. Mr. Colaco holds a bachelors degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Systems Engineering from the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal and studied towards an MBA at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida

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

Mr. Colaco can be contacted at 203-517-0721 or pedro@guestcentric.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.