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Mr. Maack

Rick Maack

Owner, Balance Spa Management

Rick Maack is the Business Development Partner and Owner of Maack Management and Balance Spa Management, a fully outsourced option for the spa, salon and fitness center of luxury hotels. Mr. Maack leases space from hotels and/or building owners providing a lease income stream and revenue share to hotel partners. Mr. Maack operates seamlessly with the hotel, using the hotel brand and look. All expenses of operation are borne by Maack Management and a revenue share option is included in most leases. The revenue share with the hotel assures that the spa and the hotel have like goals. Mr. Maack and his wife Kelly entered the spa and fitness business to capitalize on the combination of transforming human needs and the resulting emergence of the hybrid category within the wellness and spa industries. This category merges the synergistic elements of these industry segments with full-service hotels and large luxury residential communities in urban settings. Mr. Maack and his team have also completed several consulting projects for hotels groups and independent spas and wellness centers. These projects included, marketing plans, branding, spa concept development, spa and fitness center design, pre-opening project management, and needs and feasibility assessments. Maack Management and Balance have worked with InterContinental Hotel Group, Loews Hotels, Omni Hotels, The Windsor Court in New Orleans, Hilton Hotels, the Essex House in New York City and other independent hotel brands. Mr. Maack joined Balance 2003 as the Director of Business Development. He purchased the company with his wife Kelly in 2007 rebranding as Maack Management. Prior to this, he was Business Development Director for Concept Heaven, an Interactive Internet Marketing company located in Manhattan where he was responsible for major account sales and marketing in the salon, spa and beauty space. Clients included Aveda, Este Lauder and Kerastase brands. Earlier in his career, Mr. Maack worked as a CPA for PricewaterhouseCoopers and has completed several consulting projects in the Internet commerce space.

Mr. Maack can be contacted at 302-223-5942 or rick@maackmanagement.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.