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Mr. Lee

Kenny Lee

Vice President of Marketing, Revinate

Kenny Lee is the VP of Marketing at Revinate, a San Francisco-based software company. Revinate helps hotels know more about their guests so they can deliver personalized experiences that create valuable relationships and lifelong customers. Using guest data combined with Revinate’s marketing engagement platform, hotels can better understand and engage their audiences, increasing loyalty and revenue. Over 25,000 of the world's leading hotels trust Revinate to help them reinvent the guest experience. Mr. Lee has 20 years of experience working across multiple marketing disciplines in both startups and enterprise organizations. At Lithium Technologies, a leading SaaS based social customer experience platform provider, he led the global transformation of the company’s marketing funnel and delivered a world class marketing automation program. This helped the company quantify their marketing ROI and make more informed decisions based on quantitative metrics. Mr. Lee's passion for customer success is based on his long and successful tenure at Adobe Systems, the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. At Adobe he held numerous leadership roles in NA, EMEA and Latin America marketing, digital campaign and product marketing functions. This enabled him to build deep customer and partner relationships while affording him the opportunity to work with many business types, from small, independent operators to Fortune 100 brands. His efforts resulted in several employee achievement awards including nomination for a coveted company Founders award. While his work experience has provided years of business travel opportunities, Mr. Lee's other passion lies in adventure, sports and volunteer travel. In 2001 he spent 3 weeks volunteering in Ghana where he helped build a school and community facility. His adventure travels include hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, paddling the Amazon river, criss-crossing Mongolia by jeep, surfing remote parts of Canada and Mexico, and exploring India by planes, trains and automobiles. One of his most memorable experiences was trekking to Everest base camp in 2011. A Canadian living in the San Francisco bay area for the past 15 years, Mr. Lee spends his time enjoying California weather and planning his next big vacation. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Please visit www.revinate.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 415-347-8610 or kenny@revinate.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.