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Mr. Kelleher

Bob Kelleher

President and Founder, The Employee Engagement Group

Mr. Kelleher, President and Founder of The Employee Engagement Group is a best-selling author, international keynote speaker, and consultant and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. Bob is the author of the best selling book, "LOUDER THAN WORDS: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results", "CREATIVESHIP, A Novel for Evolving Leaders" and the just released "EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT for Dummies". Mr. Kelleher can be seen or heard on national media (most recently on CNBC, CBS, NBC News, Business Week, Forbes, Training Magazine, Yahoo, and Fortune), and is a frequent guest writer and contributing editor on many national publications. Having been an internal practitioner for many years, Mr. Kelleher weaves together proven best practices, current case studies, and supporting research to make a compelling business case. His enthusiastic and passionate delivery have proven to be a winning formula for audiences throughout the world - with recent talks in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Warsaw, Belfast, Paris, Kiev, Dubai, and Mexico. Mr. Kelleher has also presented to the leadership teams of many of the world's top companies, including Shell, Unocal, TJX, Prudential, Abbott Labs, Fidelity, Balfour Beatty, Wurth, Dale Carnegie, Covidien, and Millipore. He is also a frequent conference presenter including by SHRM, Conference Board, Linkage, Human Capital Institute, HR Congress, Aberdeen and Melcrum. Mr. Kelleher is also the founder of The Employee Engagement Group, a global consulting firm that works with leadership teams to implement best in class leadership and employee engagement programs, workshops, and surveys. Previously, Mr. Kelleher was the CHRO AECOM, a Fortune 500 global professional services firm, with 45,000 employees located in 450 offices throughout the world. Before AECOM in 2005, Mr. Kelleher worked for ENSR, a large global environmental consulting firm. While at ENSR, Mr. Kelleher was Executive Vice President of Organizational Development, and Chief Operating Officer and spearheaded ENSR's award winning Employee Engagement programs and initiatives.

Mr. Kelleher can be contacted at 781-281-7259 or rkelleher@employeeengagement.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.