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Mr. Coyle

Jim Coyle

Founder & President, Coyle Hospitality Group

Jim Coyle founded Coyle Hospitality Group, a market leader providing mystery shopping, quality assurance, and market research services exclusively to the hospitality industry since 1996. Mr. Coyle has acted as the president of the company since inception and has developed over 200 quality/brand measurement programs for leading hospitality companies worldwide. Mr. Coyle has also developed Qore, the first fully customizable online mystery shopping database platform designed specifically for the unique demands of the hospitality industry. With extensive and continued client collaboration, he continues to develop Coyle's applications and programs, ensuring that clients get the most effective management tools to measure the complete guest experience. Prior to founding Coyle Hospitality Group, Mr. Coyle began his career as an executive chef and then as a Food & Beverage Director with Prime Hospitality. He then took a Financial Controller's position with Metromedia Hotels, where he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director and then Catering Director at the New York City Empire Hotel. Mr. Coyle oversaw the final renovation and opening of the West 63rd Street Steakhouse in 1994. In addition to his commitment to the hospitality industry, Mr. Coyle serves on the board of YMCA Camp Combe. He is involved in the strong kids program, which helps underprivileged kids access a rural camping experience. Coyle Hospitality Group also supports other charitable organizations including those for Crohns and Leukemia/Lymphoma. Mr. Coyle graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and currently lives in Mahopac, New York with his his wife and two children.

Mr. Coyle can be contacted at 800-891-9292 or jcoyle@coylehospitality.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.