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Ms. Uber

Liz Uber

Vice President of Revenue Management, Pillar Hotels & Resorts

Liz Uber currently serves as Vice President of Revenue Management for Pillar Hotels & Resorts. She leads the corporate revenue management team, and is responsible for identifying and implementing strategies that maximize revenue, while focusing on improvements in market share. Ms. Uber joined Pillar Hotels & Resorts in 2005 as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn - Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia. She was later promoted to area roles with the company, including the Area Director of Sales, and Area Director of Operations positions. In 2010, she joined the revenue management team to further develop the department for greater performance and growth opportunities. In 2012, her team received Marriott's award for Revenue Management Team of the Year - Western Division. Prior to joining Pillar Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Uber held positions as Area Director of Revenue Management, and General Manager with Meyer Jabara Hotels in Southern Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland. She was also Director of Sales & Marketing, and then General Manager for a nationally recognized historic hotel in New England for two years. Ms. Uber started her career in the hospitality industry with Bristol Hotels & Resorts, serving in several different management positions, including Human Resources Manager, Director of Housekeeping, Front Office Manager, and Sales Manager. Ms. Uber is involved in a variety of charitable organizations, both independently and through work. She is especially involved in supporting Special Olympics, which is the designated charity adopted by Pillar Hotels & Resorts. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and remains active in her school's alumni network.

Ms. Uber can be contacted at 972-830-3100 or Elizabeth.Uber@pillarhotels.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.