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Mr. Davis

Jon Davis

Vice President, Business Development, Indoor Networks, ExteNet Systems Inc.

Jon J. Davis leads ExteNet's business initiatives in the area of indoor wireless distributed networks. He is a committed leader who has produced tangible results with global teams focused on sales, operations and total customer satisfaction. Before joining ExteNet Systems, Mr. Davis was Vice President of Business Development for Strategic Accounts at Toronto-based Celestica, a global provider of electronic manufacturing services. Mr. Davis has held many executive positions, including Vice President, Business Development for Flextronics International. Prior to his work in wireless industry, Mr. Davis worked as Vice President of Sales, Automotive Chemicals Division at Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, after beginning his career with Snap Products, Inc., then a leading manufacturer of automotive chemicals that was later purchased by Pennzoil in 1997.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at 630-505-3806 or jdavis@extenetsystems.com

Coming up in October 2020...

Revenue Management: Maximizing Profit

Hotel Revenue Management continues to evolve at a blistering pace. Driven by technological innovation and new distribution channels, there are some dynamic opportunities for expansion in this fast-growing field. The technology is primarily designed to help revenue managers further refine their operations and pricing models to maximize hotel profit. For example, hotels can't be all things to all people, so a key strategy is to precisely identify their target audience. By employing geo-targeting techniques and analyzing behavior such as previous bookings, on-property purchases and online shopping practices, there is an increased capability to define guest demographics. By segmenting customers in more specific ways, hotels are able to create more personalized experiences which, in turn, allow managers to optimize their room rates. It is also an effective way to fulfill the unique needs and preferences of the individual. Another methodology is to consistently monitor the competition's pricing strategies. There are software tools that analyze a competitor's current rates, and then allow a hotel to make its own pricing adjustments. It is also a useful means to conduct forecasting models. Other technologies that are being integrated into a revenue manager's toolkit include Artificial Intelligence in the form of automated algorithms, and Voice Recognition (VR) for data inquiries, rate changes, and booking behavior. Predictive and analytic software programs are also being leveraged to provide more forward-looking data, instead of the usual reliance on historical performance. These metrics allow managers to be more proactive - rather than reactive - with their revenue strategy. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine these developments and report on how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.