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Mr. Day

Ryan Day

Founding Partner, The Portal Live, LLC

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ryan Day earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Kendall Collage of Art and Design in 2004. Embracing his passion for innovation, he soon after opened a successful design firm, Ryan Day Design. From its inception, the firm focused on providing clients the highest possible return on their advertising investments by creating fully integrated multiplatform marketing campaigns. Mr. Day draws on his experience to develop elegant solutions to enhance productivity in complex, interconnected consumer ecosystems. Mr. Day works with clients to implement sustainable systems-based solutions that address the ongoing frustrations business owners face regarding low returns on conventional advertising, and inadequacies in the ability to reach motivated consumers. Mr. Day founded The Portal Live, LLC in 2005 after studying conventional and emerging advertising models including in-room hotel publications, in-flight print media, location-based digital advertising, intuitive mobile marketing, and social media communications. This provided the guidelines to develop a system that would consistently provide boutiques access to new highly motivated consumers, while ensuring hotels enjoyed increased revenue. Recognizing significant opportunities in emerging mobile web technologies, Mr. Day launched Touch Tech Media Lab, LLC in 2013. The company creates custom multi-platform web applications and mobile websites designed specifically to increase exposure, usability, and conversions among mobile customers. Supported by a team of software developers, Mr. Day now looks to establish Touch Tech Media Lab, LLC as an industry leading developer of custom digital solutions for small to medium sized businesses. Mr. Day remains as a partner and continues to follow the market and drive Touch Tech Media Lab forward, connecting local consumers with regional businesses via mobile web technologies.

Mr. Day can be contacted at 954-254-3099 or rday@TouchTechMediaLab.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.