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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 June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.