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Mr. Lindquist

Alan Lindquist

Regional Director, Skyriver Communications

Alan Lindquist is Vice President of Sales at Skyriver Communications, Inc., and is primarily responsible for driving top line revenue growth through sales of commercial broadband, hospitality Wi-Fi, and conference or event broadband services. Currently with Skyriver, a Southern California fixed wireless Internet Service Provider, Mr. Lindquist's previous work experience spans fiber and legacy copper based Internet providers, and mobile wireless voice and data providers. Mr. Lindquist is witness to the strong and consistent growth over the last decade in broadband demand among businesses and individuals. The proliferation of hand held computing devices and cloud based applications and services are driving growth in his industry even in challenging economic environments. Mr. Lindquist has been directly involved in dozens of Hotel Wi-Fi and conference broadband deployments. With a thorough understanding of data communication challenges in a dynamic and mobile environment, he has delivered solutions that aid guest productivity and the profitability of the property. Mr. Lindquist helps hotel General Managers achieve top scores for guest services while leveraging broadband as a revenue center. With an MBA and a 20-year background in advanced communications technology, Mr. Lindquist prepares business sensible solutions to problems that can be resolved through better communications platforms. A technology industry veteran, Mr. Lindquist has more than two decades of sales and business management experience spanning start up companies to Fortune 500 Enterprises.

Mr. Lindquist can be contacted at 858-812-9343 or alindquist@skyriver.net

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.