143 | Artificial Intelligence for Labor Management with Nigel Beck

Nigel is CEO and Founder of When Labs: artificial intelligence for augmenting management, driving compliance, employee engagement, retention, and productivity.

Nigel’s passion for HR and management comes from over two decades of building and managing teams from two to thousands around the globe, and led to his acquisition of Kenexa, a human capital management company, the 6th largest acquisition IBM had ever made. Read more

141 | Upping Your F&B Game with Keith Halfmann

Keith is an award winning hospitality executive specializing in all phases of hotel and restaurant development from concept creation through opening.  Having developed over 10 highly successful bar and restaurant concepts inside hotels, he understands how to retain guests and draw locals back into hotels for amazing experiences. With his broad depth of knowledge he helps owners and developers achieve sustainability in today’s’ competitive landscape.

Keith credits having spent significant hours of endurance training to compete in IronMan and long distance cycling events, saying, “I applied the same mental focus and determination that I have when competing into hotel operations, and found great success”. Read more

140 | Crazy Hotel Stories by Industry Professionals

Today’s show is going to be a little different.

Several weeks ago, I reached out to my email list to ask industry folks to share a crazy hotel story. I’m sure most of us have dozens. Some hilarious, some heartwarming, and some may be downright disturbing.

I got a lot of great responses, and this episode will include 6 of them.

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138 | The Business Case for Case Goods Refinishing with Robert Wallis

Robert Wallis is Director of Sales and Operations at Case Goods Refinishing. He came from a family of academics, but 25 years ago, after completing a master’s degree, he realized his passion was not in academics, but rather in working with his hands. He believes the predominant industry practice of letting case goods and public area wood furniture steadily deteriorate to prematurely end up in a landfill neither makes sense environmentally nor as a hospitality best practice. To keep case goods looking great all the time, and to extend their lifespan, is both attainable and fiscally responsible. It was this conviction that led Robert to develop, over five years, the green processes and business model that makes this possible.

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137 | Hotel Fire Safety and Prevention with Buddy Dewar

Buddy is the former Director of Florida’s State Fire Marshal’s Office and is internationally known as a fire safety expert. He earned a BA in Economics from Florida Atlantic University, and a MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Read more

136 | Escaping the Hilton Sonoma Fire with Jon Petz

Jon is a motivational keynote speaker who works with organizations who want to create a culture of peak performance backed by purpose and passion. As an opening Keynote speaker, closing keynote speaker or combination of keynote and conference emcee, his quality, customization and energy is unsurpassed. Jon holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications Systems Management and Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University.

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132 | Practical Hospitality Consulting for Today’s Hotelier with Chip Elbers

Chip is a hospitality veteran and he’s been serving the industry for more than 30 years. He’s done it all – from washing dishes, to the front desk, Assistant GM, General Manager, Sales Manager, COO, CDO, VP and more. For over 20 years, Chip served America’s Best Franchising as the brand grew from just a few properties to a portfolio of nearly 300. After ABF was acquired by Vantage Hospitality a couple years ago, Chip began his hospitality consultancy, and he has helped multiple development and management groups not only grow profits, but identify key areas for improvement.

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129 | Improving Communication for Every Single Employee with Corey McCarthy

Corey McCarthy is VP of Marketing for the digital workplace app Beekeeper, and she has nearly twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry. Serving as the Associate Publisher of Lodging Hospitality magazine, VP Sales at Hotel Interactive and founder of Testarossa Marketing, she has extensive insights into all facets of the hotel business.

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125 | 7 Steps to Transform Your Customer Experience Micro-Moments with Tony Bodoh

Tony is a #1 best-selling author, international speaker and the founder or co-founder of five companies ranging from customer experience consulting to small business training to television production. Tony’s research in the area of human experience has helped companies improve their sales, marketing conversion and customer satisfaction. As a certified Mental Performance coach, he has trained Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, professional athletes and executives how to use their mind and emotions to achieve peak performance. Tony received the Award of Excellence from the Life Mastery Institute for his coaching. Read more

124 | A New Generation of Lifestyle Hostels with Rafael Museri

Rafael Museri has over fifteen years of experience in international real estate development. Eight years ago, Rafael moved from Tel Aviv to Panama City, Panama. In 2008, he founded the Dekel Group where his knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in the aggregation of Dekel’s extensive portfolio of real estate assets. Rafael’s vision has facilitated the growth of Dekel and its team – it took Rafael three years to find the village of Pedasi through careful research and then he found the correct team to help take his imagination and turn it into reality. He is the founder and CEO of Selina, a rapidly growing, new generation of lifestyle hostels with 13 locations in Latin America. His personal and successful business record has drawn a lot of successful business groups with great influences to invest in his company.
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