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Mr. Ezra

Aron Ezra

CEO, OfferCraft

Aron Ezra is the successful founder of two tech companies, and has a track record of pushing clients and even entire industries toward new technologies. He is an active member of the Las Vegas and San Francisco innovation ecosystems, a Princeton-educated mentor to other entrepreneurs, a board member of many startups, and a prodigious generator of ideas. Aron has been named one of the Most Intriguing People in Las Vegas and one of the Top 10 Rising Business Leaders in the city. Aron's first company, MacroView Labs (where he was the founder and CEO), was one of the first mobile app development companies in the world. MacroView's apps were eventually used by millions of patrons at hundreds of businesses around the world. Aron and his team pioneered many techniques that are now industry standard, such as geofencing, contextual push notifications and in-app social games. MacroView was acquired in 2011 for eight figures by Bally Technologies, now Scientific Games. Aron's next venture, OfferCraft, was inspired by a question: "What if we made the unpleasant parts of an organization more fun?" He wondered: What if we made it fun to stand in a checkout line? Or get a physical? Or open a marketing email? Or go to work? Would employees perform better? Would customers spend more? So he hired a mix of top behavioral economists, psychologists, engineers and game developers. Then the team built software that could infuse playful game elements into marketing, HR, operations, finance — basically every department. The results were remarkable. This seemingly simple KPI — enjoyability — has an immense impact on revenues, customer churn, employee turnover, and much more. Today Mr. Ezra is CEO of OfferCraft, and the company has clients in the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

Please visit htttp://www.OfferCraft.com for more information.

Mr. Ezra can be contacted at 310-403-3082 or aezra@offercraft.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.