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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.