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Mr. Steinberg

Larry Steinberg

Sr. Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Agilysys

Larry Steinberg holds the position of senior vice president and chief technology officer at Agilysys. Agilysys is a leading technology company that provides point-of-sale, property management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry. Mr. Steinberg is responsible for fostering and developing the company's enterprise vision as well as leading the enhancement of the company's in-market products. He was instrumental in envisioning and launching the groundbreaking Agilysys rGuest® product suite, which includes solutions for property management, payment processing, self-service kiosk, analytics, and restaurant reservations and table management. Prior to joining Agilysys, Mr. Steinberg was a development manager for Microsoft, where he focused on automation, interoperability, cross-platform initiatives, and cloud and datacenter management solutions. He joined Microsoft in 2007 as a result of the company's acquisition of Engyro, where he had served as chief technology officer. Mr. Steinberg was responsible for strategic technology initiatives, product development and solution services delivery. Prior to that, he was a founder and director of Dirigo Inc., an enterprise systems management company that delivered commercial products and services to the management industry. He was also the founder and manager of eSpecto Inc., which specialized in the development of e-business monitoring and management software applications. Mr. Steinberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University. Agilysys operates throughout North America, Europe and Asia, with corporate services located in Alpharetta, GA, and offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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

Mr. Steinberg can be contacted at 877-369-6208 or larry.steinberg@agilysys.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.