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Mr. Dauner

Bob Dauner

Vice President, Sales & Business Development, BeDynamic, Inc

Bob Dauner is a highly skilled and broadly experienced sales and marketing strategist, team leader and relationship sales tactician with over 30 years experience in the hospitality, travel and enterprise software industries. Mr. Dauner specializes in strategic sales system/organization design, resource deployment modeling and compensation, recognition, reward systems design and implementation. He assists companies in designing, building-out, assessing, and or/realigning their sales organizations to improve results from field sales, channel sales, regional/national sales, and telemarketing/telesales. With a sharp focus upon target account solution selling and measurable accountabilities, Mr. Dauner builds high performing sales organizations and mentors senior sales executives to maximize top-line revenues and drive profitability. Mr. Dauner began his career as a professional educator, but left the profession to pursue his passion for travel. He embarked on his 20 year career in hotel industry sales and marketing with a position with Hyatt in Hawaii. Mr. Dauner's hospitality industry career has spanned a broad range of progressively responsible sales and marketing leadership positions from on-property assignments to regional, national and global responsibilities with Hyatt and Westin/Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In addition, he has served in a destination sales and marketing executive leadership role with the San Jose (California) Convention & Visitors Bureau. Leveraging his hospitality industry insights and experience integrating people, process and technology to maximize organizational results, Mr. Dauner also provided thought leadership, practice direction and key account sales management in the Customer Relationship Management consulting practice of a $700mm strategic applications consultancy, Cambridge Technology Partners. As an independent consultant, Bob has also provided sales and marketing expertise to early stage companies in the fields of travel services, content management and integrated real estate facility management software solutions. Mr. Dauner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching (secondary education) degree from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He has received training certification in numerous hospitality and consulting industry sales and marketing program curricula and earned his professional "stripes" in the field.

Mr. Dauner can be contacted at 408-358-8603 or bobd@bedynamic.com

Coming up in October 2019...

Revenue Management: Focus On Profit

Revenue Management is still a relatively new profession within hotel operations and as such, it continues to evolve. One significant trend in this area is a shift away from using revenue as the foundation to generate key performance indicators (KPIs) and to instead place the emphasis on profit. Traditionally, revenue managers have relied on total revenue per available room (TrevPAR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) as the basis of their KPIs. Now, some revenue managers are using gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) as their primary KPI. This puts profit at the center of revenue management strategy, and managers are increasingly searching for new ways to increase the profitability of their hotels. Return on Investment is the objective of any hotel investment, so it is only logical that profitability and ROI will be emphasized going forward. Another trend is an expanded focus on direct hotel bookings. Revenue managers know that one way to increase profitability is to steer guests away from online travel agencies (OTAs) and book directly with the hotel. This tactic also reinforces brand identity and loyalty, and encourages repeat business. In addition, it provides a valuable platform to market the hotel directly to the customer, and to upsell room upgrades or other services to them. Another trend for revenue managers involves automation in their software programs. Revenue management systems with automation are far more desirable than those without it. Automating data entry and logistics increases efficiency, allowing managers to spend more time on formulating strategy. As a bonus, an automated system helps with aggregating and interpreting data. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address these developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.