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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 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.