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Mr. Allard

Matthew Allard

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Runtiz

Matthew Allard comes from a technology and hospitality background and founded runtriz in Los Angeles in 2006. runtiz launched the worlds first “iPhone Hotel” at Malibu Beach Inn in 2008, and since has continued to innovate new products and technologies for the hospitality industry. As president and founder of runtriz he leads innovation and product development as well as business development and overall strategy. Mr. Allard has spoken on a number of panels including Cal Tech Mobile forums and the Intelligence Group's Trend School with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and has taught masters level computer science classes at USC on mobile application development. Prior to founding runtriz, Mr. Allard acted as Web Manager for SBE Entertainment, where he led the development, design and architecture of their corporate website and venue web sites such as Hyde lounge, Katsuya, Bolthouse productions, Privilege, MyHouse, Crimson and Lobby nighclub. He also created a custom VIP management tracking solution for the hospitality and entertainment industry that allowed managers to receive end of night reports, and track VIP spend and activity at restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. Prior to SBE, Mr. Allard worked for Swap Drive Data Backup in Washington, DC, which was later sold to Symantec. While there he led innovation developing cross platform compatibility components that allowed users to have the same experience across different OS and browsers, and have drag and drop file backup functionality in the browser. Prior to Swap Drive Mr. Allard worked for Northrop Grumman in a development role, creating middleware for dynamic team formation with focus in military scenarios. Earlier in his career, he worked at AOL on the Modern Home research project, integrating software and hardware to create a ubiquitous computing experience in the household. Also worked on AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) and created bots for home automation through chat. Mr. Allard earned his BS in Computer Science from George Washington University and also played on the GW Golf team.

Please visit http://www.runtiz.com for more information.

Mr. Allard can be contacted at 323-230-9727 or matt@runtiz.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.