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Mr. Rizzo

Dennis Rizzo

President & CEO, Bentley Price Associates, Inc.

Dennis P. Rizzo is President and CEO of Bentley Price Associates, Inc. a hospitality-focused executive search firm acknowledged to be a leader in its field. Over four decades, Mr. Rizzo has built his business around an extensive network of international clients and solid relationships at the highest levels, successfully filling thousands of positions, including a large contingent of boldface-name executives. He began his professional career at an early age. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, the former United States Marine received his BA and took his first job at a major Miami hotel, where his talent was quickly recognized. In a very short time, Mr. Rizzo became the youngest person to hold the position of General Manager with the Hyatt Corporation, where he developed his strong administration and operations background. As a star player for Hyatt, Mr. Rizzo took over operations of the legendary “Hyatt House On Sunset,” which became a favorite stop for the biggest rock and roll acts in the world. His guests included Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and a VIP list of other entertainers who were attracted to Mr. Rizzo's commitment to 5-star service. Following his well-publicized tenure in Hollywood, Mr. Rizzo was recruited as a General Manager for Le Baron Hotels. He applied his skills and style to opening the brand new Le Baron Hotel in Buena Park, California, while simultaneously managing and completely redesigning the flagship Le Baron property in San Diego. It was there that he innovated new systems for the Food & Beverage operation. In 1976, Mr. Rizzo founded Bentley Price Associates, Inc. to provide a unique approach to how key management and C-level executives are found and recruited for the hospitality and casino gaming industry. He created an entirely new method to target and recruit top talent in a fiercely-competitive environment.

Mr. Rizzo can be contacted at 805-686-1234 or drizzo@bentleyprice.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.