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Mr. Waddell

Michael Waddell

Managing Director, INTEGRITYOne Partners

Michael Waddell began his career preparation by excelling at George Mason University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. While working on his degree, he envisioned a professional services firm that would deliver superior business and IT solutions to clients in key industries with unparalleled integrity. A key differentiator of this organization would be providing consulting professionals challenging work as well as support to successfully pursue their own professional, family, and community goals. INTEGRITYOne Partners is the realization of this vision. Understanding that first-hand experience was vital to his success, Waddell spent five years with Ideas Commercial Systems, a high-tech software development and support company. As a key contributor to the organization, he gained deep functional experience in system architecture, software development lifecycles, testing, and quality assurance. Waddell was selected to spend several months with a high-profile customer, Microsoft, to institute program management standards, solution delivery processes and service level agreements to create "true" performance standards. Waddell was later recruited to join a consulting firm specializing in telecommunications. His responsibilities included the design, implementation, and management of multi-tiered applications, including budgetary and timeline development responsibilities, as well as performance refinement and flow analysis. Working with MCI and other telecommunication leaders, Waddell enhanced the programmatic, budgetary, and business disciplines he developed earlier in his career. In 1995, Waddell founded Prizum, an IT solutions provider. Initially focused solely on the hospitality and leisure industry, Waddell applied his first-hand knowledge of how systems enable operations and, ultimately, a rich guest experience to the development and integration of hospitality enterprise architectures. He also met customers' needs in the areas of software product evaluation, automation of functional testing, and through the development of a simplified workflow system created to more efficiently manage and track system rollouts at the enterprise level. In 2000, Waddell partnered with Michael Stabolepszy to found INTEGRITYOne Partners, expanding on Prizum's focus areas and building the company to reflect these changes. This expansion includes strategically building trusted relationships and delivering an integrated set of business consulting, technology solutions, and innovation research and development services to hospitality, government, and financial services enterprises. Waddell^aEURTMs rich and varied experience allows him to ensure that clients' technical and business requirements are met, while also providing manageable work-life balance for the INTEGRITYOne team, which is enjoying its sixth year in operation. For more information, visit www.ionep.com. Waddell lives in Falls Church, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. He is active in professional and community organizations, including Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Hotel Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP), Open Travel Alliance (OTA), the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, and Toys for Tots.

Mr. Waddell can be contacted at michael.waddell@ionep.com

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.