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Mr. Robinson

John D. Robinson

Director of Sales, Aptilo Networks

John D. Robinson is Director of Sales, North America at Aptilo Networks. In this role, he is responsible for sales of Aptilo technology and services to mobile carriers, cable operators, operator service partners and enterprise customers in the United States and Canada. He also works closely with the healthcare and hospitality industry to provide Wi-Fi solutions for large hospital and hotel properties.

Mr. Robinson takes a holistic approach to bringing value to these customers, which emphasizes collaboration with the end customer and their desired service partners to deliver scalable and complex solutions for their Wi-Fi networks. He has helped to evolve the Aptilo selling process to address customers' needs with solutions that are vertically relevant and focused on business outcomes. His team has led the development of a cloud-based offering to better address the needs and demands of enterprise customers.

Prior to joining Aptilo Networks, Mr. Robinson served as a Retail WLAN Sales Specialist for Motorola Solutions. In this role, he worked with very large retailers on their Wi-Fi requirements and customer engagement strategies. Mr. Robinson successfully delivered and managed large managed services opportunities during his time at Motorola.

Mr. Robinson was also the Director of Enterprise Business Development for Samsung Telecommunications Wireless Enterprise, successfully launching a new Wi-Fi product for the North American market. During his tenure, he created a go-to market model and distribution channel agreements to successfully position and sell these new Samsung products. He also worked to align the Wireless Enterprise product portfolio within the larger Samsung Electronics enterprise business unit to create a complete end to end solution for Samsung.

Mr. Robinson is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

Please visit http://www.aptilo.com for more information.

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at +1 917-414-9262 or john.robinson@aptilo.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.