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Mr. Cisco

Carlo Cisco

Chief Executive Officer, Select Innovations, Inc.

Carlo Cisco is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and innovator. He is best known for his current role as the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Select Innovations, Inc.

Mr. Cisco started his first successful business in college, helping bring thousands of customers to local venues throughout Miami. He has since helped build or grow companies of all sizes ranging from pre-development stage startups to companies like Groupon and Bloomingdales. Most notably, he helped build Groupon Japan, turning it into one of the company's largest and most successful international markets in just two months.

Mr. Cisco's current company SELECT is a private membership community and concierge service that provides access to exclusive events, insider pricing, and VIP perks at thousands of locations. SELECT partners with top rated local restaurants and nightlife venues as well as premier global brands in travel, retail, entertainment & more. SELECT's 10,000+ members receive exclusive benefits at over 500,000 partner locations.

SELECT has received a lot of media attention after quickly being called "AMEX for the Next Generation" and "The Black Card for Millennials" by Fox Business.

Mr. Cisco is also a member of the YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Council), an elite organization for successful entrepreneurs. He is frequently featured as an expert on entrepreneurship, business, and marketing in news outlets including Mashable, Forbes, Fox Business, Tech.co, USA Today, TheNextWeb, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo!, WSJ, ReadWriteWeb, and Inc. among many others.

Mr. Cisco was recently named a top ten personal branding expert to follow in 2017 by Entrepreneur Magazine. He was also heralded as "One of hospitality's fastest growing stars" by the publication.

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

Mr. Cisco can be contacted at +1 646-481-4061 or carlo@meetselect.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.