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Mr. Caswell

Bill Caswell

Principal, Hospitality Practice Leader, North Highland

Bill Caswell is a principal with North Highland and serves as the firm's Hospitality practice leader. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, vacation ownership, sales, marketing and technology.

Mr. Caswell has broad expertise that includes strategy development, organizational change management, consumer engagement, acquisition and loyalty strategy, program and project management, hospitality start-up operations, sales force management, satisfaction assessments, training design and implementation, service level management and performance measurement.

Prior to joining North Highland, Mr. Caswell worked and consulted with some of the major players across the hospitality industry, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Wordwide, ANA Hotels and Kimpton Hotels.

North Highland is a global management consulting firm known for helping clients solve their most complex challenges related to customer experience, performance improvement, technology and digital, and transformation. Working with clients across a myriad of industries, North Highland has provided expert services to organizations and enterprises alike in the hospitality, financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, transportation - both private and public sector - and philanthropy industries, among several others. North Highland adds value and supports clients across the full spectrum of consulting. From early planning and strategy to delivery of the final product or service, the consultancy brings big ideas and then makes them a reality.

As an employee-owned firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, North Highland currently employs more than 3,000 consultants worldwide and has 70 plus offices around the globe, including the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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

Mr. Caswell can be contacted at +1 321-214-6009 or Bill.Caswell@northhighland.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.