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Mr. Friedlander

R.J. Friedlander

Founder & CEO, ReviewPro

An entrepreneur and investor, RJ Friedlander is the Founder & CEO of ReviewPro, world leader in Guest Intelligence for the hotel industry. Having rapidly grown to more than 35,000 clients, ReviewPro is widely considered to be one of the most successful companies in the hospitality technology space in recent years.

Mr. Friedlander is one of the first American tech experts to have put down roots in Barcelona, nearly a decade before the city became what many consider to be the European Silicon Valley. Wired Magazine picked ReviewPro as one of the hottest startups in Europe and the number one in Barcelona. The company also won the Phocuswright Best Emerging Technology Innovation Award, the most prestigious award in the online travel industry.

In January 2017, Mr. Friedlander negotiated the sale of ReviewPro to Shiji Group (Shenzhen Stock Exchange), one of the largest hospitality technology companies in the world which today is partially owned by Alibaba.

With his diverse expertise, Mr. Friedlander is a sought-after public speaker in the following areas: big data, online reputation and guest experience in the hotel industry as well as taking an idea and converting it into a business, raising capital, building the right team, growing a capital efficient SaaS business, customer acquisition and retention for SaaS companies, international expansion and successfully managing the acquisition process.

Mr. Friedlander has over 20 years' experience in internet and technology in Europe, the US and Asia. Prior to leading ReviewPro from initial idea through to successful exit, he worked for 10 years as a senior executive of Grupo Planeta, one of Spain's largest media companies.

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

Mr. Friedlander can be contacted at +34 93 451 0454 or rfriedlander@reviewpro.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.