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Mr. Hacker

Steven Hacker

Principal, Bravo Management

Following a distinguished 40 year long career as CEO of several non profit associations, Steven Hacker, CAE, CEM, FASAE is the Principal of Bravo Management providing strategic, leadership and event planning expertise to associations and trade show organizers around the world. He also authors a monthly column (The Association Doctor) in Association News, a magazine produced by Schneider Publishing of Los Angeles. Mr. Hacker is recognized as an authority on the leadership of non profit organizations and has earned both the prestigious Certified Association Executive designation (1974) and was named a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (1988). During more than two decades as CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), headquartered in Dallas, Mr. Hacker helped build that organizations membership four-fold and established offices in Brussels, Singapore and Beijing. He designed the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation program that now operates in nine nations. He earned the CEM designation in 2012. Inducted into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders in 2007, Mr. Hacker has also been named “One of the 25 Most Influential People in the Events Industry” nine times and has been recognized by many organizations for his contributions to the industry. Mr. Hacker is also an award winning professional photographer and provides event photography services to a growing list of clientele.

Mr. Hacker can be contacted at 214-597-9791 or stevenhacker@me.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.