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Mr. Watson

Scott Watson

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, M3 Accounting + Analytics

Scott Watson graduated from the University of Arkansas and has since built a direct sales, sales management, and sales and marketing career that has spanned three decades focused specifically in the financial software and technology industries.

Mr. Watson finds tremendous value in matching the needs of hoteliers to the solutions and resources provided by M3. This approach allows M3 to help their customers succeed by driving financial performance, visibility and transparency.

Mr. Watson leads M3's sales and marketing teams in an effort to achieve short-term objectives and increase awareness of the M3 brand, while working as a member of the executive team to help develop long-term strategies that will ensure M3's continued growth and expansion as a global company. Since joining the company, M3 has realized consistent record growth and the customer base has grown by almost 100%.

As Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing for M3, Mr. Watson has been happy to accept invitations to participate as a panelist at The Americas Lodging Investors Summit (ALIS), to speak on the value of hosted technology solutions at HITEC (The Hospitality Industry Technology Exhibition and Conference) and to sit on the Advisory Board for Missouri State University's College of Hospitality Leadership.

Mr. Watson is currently spending time in the U.K. in preparing M3 for their global launch. Mr. Watson's time at the University of Arkansas coincided with the last two years of Lou Holtz's tenure as Head Football Coach. One of Mr. Watson's favorite quotes comes from Coach Holtz. “Ability is what you're capable of. Motivation determines what you do with those abilities. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Mr. Watson can be contacted at 770-531-3730 or Scott@m3as.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.