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Mr. Benjamin

Mike Benjamin

Co-Founder & Vice President, Guestware

Mike Benjamin is the Vice President of Sales and co-owner of Guestware - a hospitality customer relationship management (CRM) and Guest Experience software and solution provider. Mr. Benjamin co-founded the company in 1990 after working at Boeing for five years as a Mechanical Engineer. In the early days of the company, the business developed custom software for many industries. By 1993, they had established a niche in the lodging industry with an innovative guest response system used by hotels to track service requests and problems. By 1996, the software had evolved into a fully developed hotel CRM system for hotels and resorts, and the trade name Guestware was formed.

Guestware is a powerful, integrated Guest Experience Platform used by hospitality companies around the world to attain the highest levels of guest satisfaction. Guestware collects, manages and reports on all guest information in one comprehensive database, enabling hotels and resorts to improve the guest experience while enhancing operational efficiencies. Behind the scenes, Guestware delivers actionable information to the right people by complementing and enhancing existing property management systems, hotel operations, and marketing to help hospitality companies share information and realize departmental collaboration—all with the goal of improving the overall hotel guest experience.

Mr. Benjamin is actively involved in many aspects of running the business including strategic planning, marketing, and major account management. In addition, he leads the sales team, professional services group and business partner relations at Guestware.

Mr. Benjamin is actively involved in the international expansion of the business with over 1500 implementations globally. 

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

Mr. Benjamin can be contacted at 206-233-0110 or mike.benjamin@guestware.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.