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Ms. Terry

Susan Terry

Vice President, Culinary Operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

As vice president of culinary operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Susan Terry is responsible for strategic development of food and beverage concepts for full service and specialty restaurants in North America. She is also responsible for the development of catering event materials and menus. Most recently, Ms. Terry served as director of culinary operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, responsible for national programming, training, goals, procurement, food and beverage standards and franchise support. Prior to that, Ms. Terry was the senior executive chef at Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington D.C. In that role, she oversaw all food and beverage operations for the 900-room hotel, including five food and beverage outlets, 24-hour in-room dining and the hotel's Kosher kitchen. Ms. Terry began her career at Hyatt in 1990 at the former Hyatt Regency Suites on Michigan Avenue in Chicago as an executive sous chef. She then went on to hold executive chef positions at Hyatt Regency Harborside in Boston and the former Park Hyatt Los Angeles. She was awarded Hyatt's most prestigious honor, the Donald N. Pritzker Award of Excellence for Operations, in 2003.

Ms. Terry can be contacted at 312-780-5709 or susan.terry@hyatt.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.