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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 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.