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Mr. Roby

Scott Roby

Vice President, Revenue Management, Evolution Hospitality

Scott Roby oversees the revenue management department's efforts in driving total revenue and increasing market share for Evolution Hospitality's portfolio. Using a collaborative approach, the team leverages proprietary technology to provide world-class analysis, utilizes brand systems and resources to maximize franchise contribution, and capitalizes on in-depth market knowledge to generate proactive strategies. Prior to being a part of the launch of Evolution Hospitality in March 2011 (www.evolutionhospitality.com), Mr. Roby held revenue management positions with Tarsadia Hotels, La Costa Resort & Spa, and Hilton Hotels in San Diego. He earned his bachelor's degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Roby has guest lectured on revenue management at San Diego State University and Cal Poly Pomona. He also currently serves as Chair of HSMAI's Revenue Management Advisory Board.

Mr. Roby can be contacted at 949-610-8000 or scottr@evolutionhospitality.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.