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Ms. Grennan

Kim Grennan

Co-Founder & CEO, FindSideGigs.com

Kim Grennan is the Founder and CEO of FindSideGigs.com, a free lead generation service for freelancers and those wanting to make extra money part-time. Ms. Grennan is also the CEO of Axle Eight, a marketing and strategy agency for tech start-ups. Over her career, Kim has worked with 100+ companies in a variety of industries helping launch and scale their businesses. Prior to starting FindSideGigs.com and Axle Eight, Ms. Grennan worked at a sell-side investment bank in Chicago specifically focusing on deals within the plastics, chemicals, and packaging industries. Wanting to get more into the tech world career-wise, Ms. Grennan transitioned from investment banking into corporate strategy where she joined Verizon's Global Innovation Team working at the Verizon Innovation Center in Boston. Here she focused on crafting organization-wide strategies for entering new non-core B2B markets such as healthcare, education, IoT, digital media, virtual reality, augmented reality, energy, and transportation. She was also responsible for building strategic partnerships and sourcing venture capital and M&A deals within these non-core B2B markets. After Verizon, Ms. Grennan wanted to focus more on working directly with start-up companies so she made the switch to a private design and innovation agency and built out their first market research and strategy business unit. Here she worked with more than 50 companies to bring their products to market. She holds her M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and her Bachelors in Economics from The University of Arizona. Ms. Grennan currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and her English Lab named Nellie. In her spare time she actively advises several start-up companies, is a personal finance nut, and an active real estate investor.

Please visit http://findsidegigs.com for more information.

Ms. Grennan can be contacted at 480-225-7178 or kim.grennan@gmail.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.