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Mr. Lodder

Doug Lodder

Senior Vice President of Business Development, Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Doug Lodder is the senior vice president of business development at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI). Boingo is a leading Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi provider with a vast network footprint that reaches more than one billion consumers annually in places as varied as hotels, airports, stadiums, universities and military bases. Mr. Lodder is responsible for Boingo's DAS, Offload and Wholesales businesses, where he oversees the strategy and development of Wi-Fi, DAS and Small Cell networks for the company's new and existing venue partnerships as well as the monetization of those networks through innovative partnerships with wireless carriers (DAS, Offload) and Wholesale partners (American Express, MasterCard). His teams work across the hospitality, sports and entertainment, transportation, commercial real estate and other vertical markets and are responsible for generating nearly half of Boingo's revenue. Mr. Lodder has nearly a decade of experience in managing telecommunications infrastructure in large-scale, high growth environments. Prior to joining Boingo, he was an early employee at Mobilitie where he was responsible for network strategy and the acquisition and development of telecommunications assets. Mobilitie was acquired in 2012 for $1.1 billion. Prior to Mobilitie, Mr. Lodder served in a variety of investment banking roles at Wedbush Securities. Mr. Lodder holds an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. He is a sought after industry expert, frequently speaking on conference panels regarding the guest experience, connectivity and how to address the ongoing mobile data explosion with the strategic installation of DAS and Wi-Fi networks.

Mr. Lodder can be contacted at 310-689-1163 or dlodder@boingo.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.