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Mr. Shashou

Alexander Shashou

Co-Founder and President, ALICE

Alex Shashou is the Co-Founder and President of ALICE. Since founding ALICE in September 2013, the startup has become one of the fastest growing companies in the hospitality technology space. Mr. Shashou has taken the company through four rounds of funding, raising a total of $39M. The ALICE team is now over 140 employees and the company has a global customer base of 2000+ in the hospitality and residential sectors.

As President, Mr. Shashou runs the company's brand, culture, and management teams. In 2019, ALICE was awarded Best Place to Work, Best Concierge Software, Best Preventative Maintenance Software, Best Guest App, and a Top Staff Task Management & Collaboration Platform in the HotelTechAwards. ALICE is also the Brand Official Staff Operations Technology for the Forbes Travel Guide.

Born and raised in London, Mr. Shashou grew up in the hospitality industry, as his family operated 90 hotels across three hotel chains in the UK, including the Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin hotel brands. He is a sought-after hospitality thought leader, speaking on technology and hospitality innovation at conferences around the world. 

In 2016, Mr. Shashou was awarded the HFTP President's Award. The award is selected by the current HFTP Global President and recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry and the association throughout the course of a year. In 2018, he was also awarded the Hotel Experience Next Generation Leader Award.

Mr. Shashou received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations and Information Management. After graduation, he began his career with Goldman Sachs in the Equity Sales division in New York before leaving to found ALICE.

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

Mr. Shashou can be contacted at +1 212-579-2861 or alexander.shashou@alice-app.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.