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Ms. Wohl

Michelle Wohl

VP of Marketing & Client Services, Revinate

Michelle Wohl is the VP of Marketing at Revinate, a San Francisco-based software company that helps hoteliers connect with their guests. 23,000 hotels across the globe rely on Revinate every day to understand how online reviews and social media are affecting their performance. At Revinate, Ms. Wohl is responsible for marketing, public relations and university relations. With almost twenty years of technology marketing under her belt, Ms. Wohl has lived through many great bubbles and technology trends. A true dotcom veteran, she started her career in product marketing at GoLive Systems, creators of the first WYSIWYG Web authoring product for the Mac. The company allowed anyone, regardless of HTML experience, to create a Web page and was at the forefront of Web technology when it was acquired by Adobe in 1999. At Adobe, Ms. Wohl led product marketing for the Web products, and later, Adobe Acrobat. Passionate about helping people communicate better on the Web, she left Adobe in 2004 to join the first social network, Friendster, as the Director of Marketing. A year later, Ms. Wohl left Friendster to pursue her interest in mobile and joined Nokia as head of Platforms Marketing. Based in Helsinki, Ms. Wohl was responsible for marketing the SmartPhone platform to application developers all over the world. She launched multiple development platforms and saw the creation of thousands of applications, from productivity to Location-based to financial. But the winters proved too rough for Ms. Wohl and after returning to the US, she joined Sprout as VP of Marketing. Sprout was one of only eight approved Facebook developers at the F8 conference, the launch of Facebook's development platform. At Sprout, Ms. Wohl worked closely with some of the world's leading consumer brands such as Disney, Coke and Pepsi to develop social media campaigns and strategies. Now back in her hometown of San Francisco, Ms. Wohl enjoys working with hospitality leaders to harness the power of social media and user-generated content. Ms. Wohl graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English and currently serves on the advisory board of Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research.

Ms. Wohl can be contacted at 415-830-3795 or michelle@revinate.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.