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Mr. Pinchuk

Steven Pinchuk

Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management, IBM

Steven Pinchuk is Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management for IBM. NBA creates personalized 1 to 1 customer triggered interactions and is used by major banks, telecoms, insurance and retailers. IBM's SME for WW Revenue Management practice building revenue management and dynamic pricing systems that are customer centric. Mr. Pinchuk has worked inside the best customer centric companies and consulting companies and has approached this growth area from both sides of the equation with the market leaders. Mr. Pinchuk's past positions have included President of Profit Optimization Strategies; SVP Resort Profitability for Westgate Resorts; VP, Profit Optimization Systems, for SAS software (SAS is the leader in business intelligence and predictive analytics software) ;Corporate VP of RM & Distribution for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., the world's largest Casino Hotel Company with annual revenues of $20 billion USD. Mr. Pinchuk also held Director and Vice President positions at top travel companies including Princess Cruises, Club Med and American Airlines. He held Director & VP level travel consulting positions at SABRE, PROS, and OPUS2. Mr. Pinchuk was an economic advisor to a senior US Senator who ran for President and held a Top Secret security clearance with Martin Marietta Aerospace while working on long-range defense, NASA and intelligence projects. He has multi industry international experience in RM & marketing with tour operators, resorts, hotels, rental cars, ferries, airlines, casinos, excursion companies & Broadway theaters in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Mr. Pinchuk attended Phillips Andover Academy, entered Brandeis University as a sophomore and received an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado. He has been on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management since its beginning; was chosen for a RM Advisory Board at Cornell University in both Ithaca and Singapore; chaired all of the annual RM conferences in the US, Europe and Asia for EyeforTravel. In his spare time Mr. Pinchuk is an amateur photographer and an avid scuba diver with a Master Instructor Scuba License.

Mr. Pinchuk can be contacted at 407-516-5447 or spinchuk@us.ibm.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.