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Mr. Crellin

Roger Crellin

President of the Americas, iBAHN

Roger Crellin joined iBAHN in early 2011 as President for the Americas. In this role, he directs all aspects of iBAHN's broadband, convention, networks and IPTV business for the region and also has responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day direct management of the Americas region. He serves on the iBAHN global management leadership council which is responsible for the strategy of the global business and its customer direction. He is based in Denver, Colorado, at the company's regional headquarters office for the Americas. Mr. Crellin's specialization is driving the commercial success of technology applications. Prior to joining iBAHN, he served as the managing director of Acentic, a European competitor, for nearly six years. During his highly successful tenure, Mr. Crellin managed the company's European financial, operations, sales and marketing performance across seven subsidiaries and more than 20 territories. He also successfully expanded the company's European sales and operations distribution throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. These activities resulted in a more robust customer facing and financially secure business which was successfully acquired under a trade sale in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Acentic, Mr. Crellin served as general manager, consumer digital services at Fujifilm. In this role, he was charged with leading the division's successful migration to digital printing. During this time he was recognized by an Australian Federal Government study and the University of Technology Sydney as a leader in the positive management of technological change impacts on operating businesses. Mr. Crellin has deep experience in managing businesses in more than thirty countries across four continents, and has considerable global hospitality industry experience, including serving as chief operating officer for the International Hotels Association, Australia. Originally studying economics whilst working in the finance and hotel industries Mr. Crellin earned a masters degree from the Melbourne Business School where he focused on international distribution strategy. He epitomizes the industry and the adage “think like a hotelier.”

Mr. Crellin can be contacted at 801-952-2019 or rcrellin@ibahn.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.