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Mr. Aldridge

Gabe Aldridge

Founding Member, The SUPERGROUP

Gabe Aldridge is an interactive visionary, futurist, entertainer, and co-founder of The SUPERGROUP, an award winning agency that specializes in using technology to draw an audience and generate buzz - something they call interactive attractions. Clients include Disney, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, The Weather Channel, and the U.S. State Department. Mr. Aldridge's career began in 1994 in the enhanced CD and high-end multi-media software spaces. A video and technology aficionado, Mr. Aldridge designed projects for musicians and bands such as Chris Cornell, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Blues Traveler and Weezer. While his work early on in his career forced him to be behind the camera, in a studio, or at a computer, his responsibilities with The SUPERGROUP are much less isolating. Considered "the face" of The SUPERGROUP, Mr. Aldridge not only oversees the agency's design department, but also spearheads the company's business development initiatives. Drawing on his diverse interests, design capabilities, business sense, and knowledge of the web, he is responsible for making sure potential clients become long-standing SUPERGROUP friends. Mr. Aldridge and The SUPERGROUP have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, MSNBC.com, The Modesto Bee, The Atlantan, Communication Arts, Adweek, Promo Magazine, and HOW Magazine. Twitter: twitter.com/themonolith LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gabealdridge About The SUPERGROUP (www.theSUPERGROUP.com) - The SUPERGROUP can best be defined as talented creators of interactive attractions. While not limited to, the agency specializes in creatively executed digital, social media, web development, SEO, viral marketing, and events solutions. Founded in 2002, TSG has become a recognized leader in the creative industry, and one of Atlanta's most unique and talked about design firms. An interdisciplinary creative agency, their creations have been experienced by tens of millions of people. Clients include Disney, Kimberly Clarke, The U.S. State Department, The Weather Channel, AOL / Time Warner, Coca-Cola, and Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Aldridge can be contacted at 404-835-6922 or gabe.aldridge@thesupergroup.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.