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Mr. Parks

Noah Parks

Vice President Digital Marketing, LeadGenix

As VP of Digital Marketing for Leadgenix, Noah Parks is a leading Internet marketing and website promotion expert with 15 years of experience in both retail eCommerce and B2B lead generation. Mr. Parks also serves as the Director of Marketing for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International in New York City, a global organization representing all segments of the hospitality industry. As VP of Digital Marketing for Leadgenix, Mr. Parks helps shape the company's direction and works closely with the fulfillment team. Mr. Parks is active in providing training & consulting on Internet Marketing to companies and organizations on-site and via web conferences worldwide such as: Kravet Luxury Home Furnishings, Nespresso, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Mont Blanc, and True Blue, to name a few. Mr. Parks excels at adapting and integrating key digital marketing strategies to companies' specific goals and locations and has done so to hundreds of corporate executives and entrepreneurs around the United States and Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. Parks's entry into the digital world began when his creative and entrepreneurial spirit led him to launch his own candle, bath and body line while on track to attend medical school. In the mid 90's, as the Internet was gaining a foothold in the marketplace, Mr. Parks recognized just how critical of a role it would play in the success of his business. From there, his passion for understanding how to best utilize the Internet and digital marketing grew, and became the launch pad for what would become a new career path. When he's not helping organizations grow their business, Noah can be found speaking at charity events to raise money for non-profit organizations benefiting children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. As a father of six, He also enjoys jumping off of tall buildings and running into oncoming traffic.

Mr. Parks can be contacted at 801-805-2532 or nparks@leadgenix.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.