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Ms. Tristano

Jodie Tristano

Business Development Manager, Technomic, Inc

Jodie Tristano currently serves as Business Development Manager at Technomic, Inc., a Chicago-based research and consulting firm that focuses on food and foodservice. Technomic provides industry intelligence, forecasts, data and training support to operators, manufacturers, distributors and others allied to the field. Ms. Tristano brings more than 20 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing within the hotel, resort and convention industry. During her career, she has represented many prominent brands including Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Westin/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Benchmark Hospitality International. More recently, Ms. Tristano served as Account Services Director, Convention Sales and Marketing for McCormick Place in Chicago, the largest convention center in the United States. With broad industry capability, Ms. Tristano has managed all group market segments including corporate, association, government and social, earning top sales performance awards with both Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Ms. Tristano spearheads Technomic's growth initiatives in the Lodging Industry through her efforts in developing the Global Lodging Practice encompassing consumer, industry and market research reports and services. Technomic's Lodging Practice provides clients with a wide range of consulting services such as operational audits, strategic planning, and concept development and positioning; consumer studies on topics including hotel food and beverage consumption, brand preferences, amenity importance and campaign effectiveness; and online resources that track and measure company performance, menu development and more. Holding a degree in Hospitality Management, Ms. Tristano is an active industry leader, having served on many committees with prominent organizations including the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Ms. Tristano can be contacted at 708-205-1427 or jtristano@technomic.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.