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Ms. Zoba

Holly Zoba

Senior VP of Sales - Hospitality, Signature Worldwide

As Signature Worldwide's senior vice president of sales, Holly Zoba is responsible for leading the sales efforts in the hospitality industry. Ms. Zoba joined Signature in this role in January 2010 with more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience. Ms. Zoba is an accomplished leader known for maintaining strong customer relationships, sourcing new business and determining best-fit solutions for clients. She also has in-depth experience in training, developing and coaching talent. Prior to her role as senior vice president, Ms. Zoba was the director of business development in the central United States for Milestone Internet Marketing. Before that, she worked with Signature for three years where she was consistently the top seller in the hospitality division and held the position of national sales director. Ms. Zoba has also worked as a hotel general manager, corporate director of sales and marketing, and director of business development for her own website design company. Ms. Zoba holds a bachelor's degree from Catholic University and is an allied board member of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. She also has received executive education and sales training from the University of Virginia, Darden School.

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

Ms. Zoba can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or hollyzoba@signatureworldwide.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.