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Mr. Berger

Dan Berger

Founder & CEO, Social Tables

Dan Berger is the Founder and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Social Tables — an award-winning software platform that has been used to source, plan, and execute over three million events since 2011.

The Inc. 5000 company is recognized as one of the best places to work in the D.C. area by the Washington Post and SmartCEO, and has won numerous recognitions. These include "Best Industry Innovation" from the International Live Events Association and "One of the Most Innovative Companies in Live Events" by Fast Company.

Mr. Berger has been recognized as an industry and tech leader by publications such as BizBash, Catersource, Washingtonian, MeetingsNet, and Successful Meetings. He has also been named one of the most influential leaders in the meetings industry.

Most recently, he received the honorable Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council (EIC). Mr. Berger is a passionate educator and spends his time sharing his experience and knowledge with others. He has spoken at over 150 events and is continually looking for new opportunities to give back to the community.

Prior to Social Tables, Mr. Berger worked in management consulting, ran a large association, worked for a Member of Congress, and built websites for several startups. He has a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from Georgetown.

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

Mr. Berger can be contacted at +1 877-973-2863 or dan@socialtables.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.