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Mr. Crellin

Roger Crellin

President of the Americas, iBAHN

Roger Crellin joined iBAHN in early 2011 as President for the Americas. In this role, he directs all aspects of iBAHN's broadband, convention, networks and IPTV business for the region and also has responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day direct management of the Americas region. He serves on the iBAHN global management leadership council which is responsible for the strategy of the global business and its customer direction. He is based in Denver, Colorado, at the company's regional headquarters office for the Americas. Mr. Crellin's specialization is driving the commercial success of technology applications. Prior to joining iBAHN, he served as the managing director of Acentic, a European competitor, for nearly six years. During his highly successful tenure, Mr. Crellin managed the company's European financial, operations, sales and marketing performance across seven subsidiaries and more than 20 territories. He also successfully expanded the company's European sales and operations distribution throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. These activities resulted in a more robust customer facing and financially secure business which was successfully acquired under a trade sale in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Acentic, Mr. Crellin served as general manager, consumer digital services at Fujifilm. In this role, he was charged with leading the division's successful migration to digital printing. During this time he was recognized by an Australian Federal Government study and the University of Technology Sydney as a leader in the positive management of technological change impacts on operating businesses. Mr. Crellin has deep experience in managing businesses in more than thirty countries across four continents, and has considerable global hospitality industry experience, including serving as chief operating officer for the International Hotels Association, Australia. Originally studying economics whilst working in the finance and hotel industries Mr. Crellin earned a masters degree from the Melbourne Business School where he focused on international distribution strategy. He epitomizes the industry and the adage “think like a hotelier.”

Mr. Crellin can be contacted at 801-952-2019 or rcrellin@ibahn.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.