Nordic Revenue Forum
Leading the industry leap to the next level. The first HoReCa Revenue Management event in Finland
Meet our speakers 29th October 2019
Meet our speakers of the 3rd Nordic Revenue Forum!
Founder of apaleo
Ulrich „Uli“ Pillau is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is founder of apaleo, a Munich based start-up developing a next generation cloud platform for the hospitality industry. Previously Uli was involved in building up several very successful software companies in the hotel and travel space. His companies included Fidelio Software, today the worldwide leading Property Management System for hotel chains and hotels. Fidelio was later acquired by Micros and today is part of Oracle. Subsequently he was leading IDeaS, a company offering the first scientific revenue management software for the hotel industry which quickly became the standard Yield & RMS system for hotels around the globe. In 2010, IDeaS was sold to SAS Institute and today is actively managing over a Million hotel rooms with its software.
CEO Local Treasures Hotels & Resorts
Jeroen is a well-travelled hospitality professional with 20+ years’ experience within the Hotel & Spa segment. He is the author of A Hotelier’s Mind – Setting Strategy for the Future book published in 2016. Jeroen’s expertise ranges from streamlining of cost and operational models, strategy, business development and marketing to digital marketing. Jeroen has worked with several key Sales & Marketing positions in large blue chip companies, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Millennium Hotels & Resorts, as well as small boutique companies and hotels. Over the years his leadership and team skills have led to significant change within both independent hotels and hotel chains. He is particularly skillful in turning innovative and disruptive ideas into reality focusing on providing incremental revenues and cost savings.
Director at Infor Hospitality Nordics
Kim Spolén is the director Infor Hospitality Nordics and has a background of working at several of Stockholm’s leading hotels for a total of 20 years, among them Sheraton Hotel, Strand Hotel and the Sergel Plaza Hotel and has also been a consultant during the opening of, among others, a 5-star hotel in Prague. He has wide experience of working with PMS, Channel and Rate Management and is also a frequent speaker on how to work with and optimise social media strategy in hospitality business. Before joining Infor, Kim worked for Hoist Group.
Regional Sales Executive EMEA at IDeaS - A SAS COMPANY
Ortensia is an experienced hospitality professional with more than 10 years of practice. After graduating International Law and French Language and Translation, she has found a real passion for the hospitality industry where she has had the opportunity and pleasure to further develop her skills: from Reservations and Meetings and Events to Revenue management and Sales and Marketing. During her hospitality journey, Ortensia understood the need that the industry had for innovation and automation, therefore she has decided to join IDeaS in 2016 and further help hoteliers with their Revenue Management and Meetings & Events Strategy. All of these with a single goal in mind: show revenue uplift and increase profitability for her clients.
With a background in Engineering Physics and Software Development, Simon might be a bit of a strange bird in the hospitality industry. His big passion is how technology can be used to make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone, and the hospitality industry is the perfect industry for exercising this interest. For the last ten years Simon has organically grown Loopon, starting from his university dormitory, to now being the leading provider of guest feedback solutions in the Nordics. When not running Loopon, you are likely to find Simon on a snowboard or behind the control stick of an airplane or getting nerdy with some programming challenge.
Hannu Vahokoski has worked in business development in both sales & marketing as well as consulting role for over 20 years. Hannu is specialized in understanding consumer behaviour, service design, and customer experience. He is familiar with Shopper marketing since working for Leaf sweets company. Hannu has worked in hospitality business for the past 10 years, where he started with Otrum the TV-systems and was in charge of global hotel chains in Europe. Hannu got an idea for a new type of service for hotels two years ago, when he noticed digitalisation was still far from the daily life of the industry. - The Hotelway was born. ”My passion is to get things rolling without ”hick ups”- and provide more for the customer at the same time”, Hannu.
Henry’s professional background is split into two parts. 10 years in a restaurant industry - culminating as a restaurateur at Restaurant Postres - and another 10 years as an alcohol importer of which 6 years in leadership roles at the Servaali Oy. Henry loves restaurant business passionately and wants to create applications and tools to solve restaurateurs every day challenges. The mission of Book&Order is to change the restaurant business globally and break the old way of purchasing restaurant services only onsite at the restaurant. "I look forward to the discussions at the Nordic Revenue Forum", Henry.
Sales Manager, Nordics at AvailPro
Anna is responsible for growing Availpro’s business in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Her mission is to help hotels in the Nordics manage their online distribution. Anna Israelsson describes herself as a hotelier with a true passion for technology. After kicking off her career at Availpro as an Account Manager, Anna then evolved within the hospitality industry as a Hotel Manager in a brand new property in Paris, where she realized the impact of technology on hotel performance and success.
Founder Nordic Revenue Forum
The founder of Nordic Revenue Forum Finland Hanna Lak is one the leading revenue management experts in Finland. Previous to starting her own company HMMH Consulting in 2009 she was the director of revenue management development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Since then she has coached, trained and consulted independent hotel owners and hotel chains creating value for their customers and owners through improved processes and profits.
Manager, Research, BI, MI & Opportunities
Chief Business Development Officer lybra.tech
For over 20 years, Kris has been building Revenue Management, Revenue Development and Distribution for airline and hotel industries in Europe. For the last 10 years, Kris co-created and ran technology companies dealing with Distribution, Revenue Management and Marketing. Among the companies for which Kris has worked for or which he co-created are: British Airways, Lot Polish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Accor Hotels, Yieldplanet, i-Rates and Ratemetrics. Kris is a part of the most innovative Revenue Management Solution in hotel industry: lybra.tech which is bringing an easier way for hoteliers to control their revenue, through the application of Artificial Intelligence and adding a demand-centric approach to the scope. “The task is not easy, considering the amount of data that is needed to balance hotel performance with market demand needs and characteristics. And most of all, to make sense of it in an easy to use way. However, we are the best at it, we already do it, and we will strive to make Revenue Management reachable for every hotelier”.
CEO & Co-Founder Optimand
Client Relations Manager at Benchmarking Alliance
Henrik has a long background within the hotel industry, mainly from Revenue Management, distribution and in-house sales at Radisson Hotels in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Henrik has solid experience from Revenue Management within Meeting & Events. The latest position Henrik held was as Revenue Manager in the newly opened Stockholm Waterfront Hotel & Congress Centre where he built and managed the Revenue- and in house sales departments. Since 2014 Henrik is responsible for customer relations in Benchmarking Alliance with focus on the conference benchmarking product.
Founder Atomize AB
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