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Mr. Lee

Kenny Lee

Vice President of Marketing, Revinate

Kenny Lee is the VP of Marketing at Revinate, a San Francisco-based software company. Revinate helps hotels know more about their guests so they can deliver personalized experiences that create valuable relationships and lifelong customers. Using guest data combined with Revinate's marketing engagement platform, hotels can better understand and engage their audiences, increasing loyalty and revenue. Over 25,000 of the world's leading hotels trust Revinate to help them reinvent the guest experience. Mr. Lee has 20 years of experience working across multiple marketing disciplines in both startups and enterprise organizations. At Lithium Technologies, a leading SaaS based social customer experience platform provider, he led the global transformation of the company's marketing funnel and delivered a world class marketing automation program. This helped the company quantify their marketing ROI and make more informed decisions based on quantitative metrics. Mr. Lee's passion for customer success is based on his long and successful tenure at Adobe Systems, the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. At Adobe he held numerous leadership roles in NA, EMEA and Latin America marketing, digital campaign and product marketing functions. This enabled him to build deep customer and partner relationships while affording him the opportunity to work with many business types, from small, independent operators to Fortune 100 brands. His efforts resulted in several employee achievement awards including nomination for a coveted company Founders award. While his work experience has provided years of business travel opportunities, Mr. Lee's other passion lies in adventure, sports and volunteer travel. In 2001 he spent 3 weeks volunteering in Ghana where he helped build a school and community facility. His adventure travels include hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, paddling the Amazon river, criss-crossing Mongolia by jeep, surfing remote parts of Canada and Mexico, and exploring India by planes, trains and automobiles. One of his most memorable experiences was trekking to Everest base camp in 2011. A Canadian living in the San Francisco bay area for the past 15 years, Mr. Lee spends his time enjoying California weather and planning his next big vacation. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Please visit www.revinate.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 415-347-8610 or kenny@revinate.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.