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#063: Money and Water-Saving Shower Heads from an Aerospace Engineer Turned Solopreneur with Craig Steele, President and CEO of Samson Shower Systems

#063: Money and Water-Saving Shower Heads from an Aerospace Engineer Turned Solopreneur with Craig Steele, President and CEO of Samson Shower Systems

A number of years ago, aerospace engineer Craig Steele’s frustration over a malfunctioning hotel shower head led him on a journey to design a better version of a device typically taken for granted.

This quest led Craig to bootstrap Samson Shower Systems, which offers high pressure, water-saving shower heads that are made from quality, aerospace-grade materials and expected to outlast most products on the market. His offering can provide great value to lodging properties and his story should resonate with independent lodging professionals who will likely relate to his high level of commitment and persistence.

We are very thankful to Craig for sharing his insights with us. You can learn more about Samson Shower Systems at samsonshower.com.

#062: 2024 ALP Conference & Marketplace Preview with Sarah Gazi, CEO; and Erik Spence, Conference & Events Planner

#062: 2024 ALP Conference & Marketplace Preview with Sarah Gazi, CEO; and Erik Spence, Conference & Events Planner

From hosting expanded educational events, enhancing partnerships, advancing regional efforts to increasing membership and launching a new website, it’s been a busy first year for Sarah Gazi in her role as the CEO of the Association of Lodging Professionals (ALP).

The must-attend 2024 ALP Conference & Marketplace is also around the corner on March 2nd to 6th in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the main conference, this year’s event will offer educational opportunities for new property owners, as well as culinary training in an on-site professional kitchen.

We are very thankful to Sarah and Erik for sharing their insights with us. You can learn more about ALP at alplodging.org.

#061: Increasing Room Revenue Through Artificial Intelligence with Patty Sung and Chris McPherson of TakeUp

#061: Increasing Room Revenue Through Artificial Intelligence with Patty Sung and Chris McPherson of TakeUp

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has officially made its way into the hospitality industry with TakeUp, a recent start-up that offers a dynamic pricing platform which leverages the power of AI and machine learning to optimize room rates and increase revenue.

Patty Sung, Founder and CEO at TakeUp; and Chris McPherson, Founder & CTO at TakeUp, tell us about their offering, explain how they leverage AI to help lodging professionals, and make an excellent case for why their approach is the way of the future.

We are very thankful to Patty and Chris for sharing their insights with us. You can learn more about TakeUp at takeup.ai.

#060: Maximizing Bookings Through Google Business Profile with Annie Buck, Education and Local Marketing Manager at Acorn Marketing

#060: Maximizing Bookings Through Google Business Profile with Annie Buck, Education and Local Marketing Manager at Acorn Marketing

Google Business Profile helps lodging professionals manage their business information across Google products like Search and Maps. 

In addition to ensuring that potential guests can find information about their property and eventually book, lodging owners can use their account to review traffic metrics, gather customer insights, as well as view and respond to Google Reviews.

Annie Buck, Education and Local Marketing Manager at Acorn Marketing, breaks down everything lodging businesses need to know about leveraging Google Business Profile to maximize their bookings.

We are very thankful to Annie for sharing her insights with us. You can learn more about Acorn Marketing at acorn-is.com.

#059: Increasing Revenue Through Wedding Offerings with Lela Pohlmann, Wedding Coordinator for Hermann Hill Weddings

#059: Increasing Revenue Through Wedding Offerings with Lela Pohlmann, Wedding Coordinator for Hermann Hill Weddings

Independent lodging properties are ideal destinations for weddings and those that offer wedding services, regardless of size and complexity, can attest that they are an excellent source of revenue.  There is a range of options for a property to consider when deciding to offer on-site wedding services.

Lela Pohlmann is a Wedding Coordinator for Hermann Hill Weddings, which offers a full range of wedding services at Hermann Hill, a luxury boutique hotel in Hermann, Missouri.  Hermann Hill hosted more than 130 weddings in 2022, and Lela’s experience provides great insights on how lodging professionals might start or expand wedding offerings at their property.

We are thankful to Lela for sharing her insights with us. You can learn more about Hermann Hill Weddings at hermannmoweddings.com.