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Mr. Carmody

James M. Carmody

Vice President & General Manager, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

James M. Carmody joined Seaport in September, 2004, assuming the position of Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Carmody brings over 30 years of hospitality experience to the role; having both a medical and hospitality background, he has a commitment to superior customer service. He is responsible for daily operations of the award-winning, mixed-use facility. A graduate of Cornell University and the Culinary Institute of America, Mr. Carmody was previously Vice President of General Services for the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, where he was responsible for clinical ancillary services and hotel services at the tertiary care institution. He oversaw a variety of departments including facilities management, dietary, volunteer services, clinical labs and security. Prior to his tenure at New England Medical Center, Mr. Carmody held numerous management positions at a variety of upscale hotels, with a focus on food and beverage operations. He previously worked as Hotel Manager at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Food and Beverage Director at both the Mandalay Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas and the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta, and Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. Mr. Carmody's community involvement includes serving on the Board of Caritas Carney Hospital and the Board of Cathedral High School. He is the President of the Guild of Oenophilists and is Chairman of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitor's Bureau's Restaurant Week event.

Mr. Carmody can be contacted at James.carmody@seaportboston.com or 617-385-5105

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.