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Mr. Pesik

Greg Pesik

President & CEO, Passkey International

Greg Pesik is President and CEO of Passkey. Mr. Pesik brings extensive hospitality and travel information technology experience to Passkey.

Prior to joining Passkey, Mr. Pesik served as Senior Vice President of Transport, Travel, and Hospitality at Talus Solutions which was acquired by Manugistics in late 2001. During his tenure, Mr. Pesik helped position the company as the leading provider of profit optimization technologies and orchestrated Talus Solution's move into new industries such as gaming.

Before joining Passkey, Mr. Pesik oversaw an industry portfolio that included hotels, passenger airlines, cruise lines, cargo, ocean shipping, rail, trucking, and rental cars. Prior to Talus Solutions, Mr. Pesik was Vice President and Director of Business Development at Aeronomics, Inc. where he first entered the field of yield and revenue management software. He has also held lead consulting and management positions for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and KPMG Peat Marwick (Bearing Point), both in the fields of hospitality and travel.

Mr. Pesik is a frequent guest lecturer at Cornell University and speaker at industry forums. Mr. Pesik holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

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

Mr. Pesik can be contacted at +1 617-237-8200 or gpesik@passkey.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.