Partner news

This week’s Partner News is highlighted by ProfitSword realigning its executive team, M3 donating $100,000 to COVID relief in India and SONIFI Solutions making WiFI upgrades at a pair of Arizona properties. Read about all that and more below.

ProfitSword makes changes to leadership team
ProfitSword has reimagined its corporate leadership team as its vision will see existing leadership streamline their roles and responsibilities along with an ongoing expansion of the corporate team to ensure maximum effectiveness in adapting to new industry needs.

Previously serving as chief revenue officer, Robert Ryan will be taking on the new role of company CEO. He will leverage his years of expertise in devising effective business plans to ensure that ProfitSword’s company strategy continues to align with evolving hotelier business intelligence requirements.

Continuing as company president, Maureen Allen will work closely with Ryan in likewise devising a company vision that continues to push the boundaries on what business intelligence technology can achieve for hospitality-based organizations.

Additional leadership team realignments include Paul Bennie being promoted to VP, sales and marketing, where he will be primarily focused on driving additional market growth and ensuring that the company’s solutions are readily available to hoteliers regardless of location or business size. Continuing to serve as COO is John Crutchfield, who will leverage his expertise in research and development to provide hotels with the latest business intelligence tools that can lead to a swift and full recovery. Brian Treadwell will also continue as chief of staff to further ensure that ProfitSword objectives align with new industry business intelligence trends. As VP, Finance, Anne Martinelli will leverage her financial expertise to continue enhancing ProfitSword’s forecasting and budgeting abilities in order to provide hoteliers with the vital business performance insight they need to make quick, yet informed decisions in real-time.

M3 donates $100,000 to support India COVID-19 relief
In support of AAHOA’s recent $100,000 donation to organizations supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in India, M3 has matched the organization’s contribution with an equal donation of $100,000 to Samaritan’s Purse, an international humanitarian aid organization providing ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts in India. The funding will provide food and medical supplies to families and hospitals throughout the nation.

India is currently averaging hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 cases each day, leaving hospitals overwhelmed and patients unable to receive adequate care. By working with partners on the ground, Samaritan’s Purse is directly assisting individuals and providing support to India’s healthcare workers. M3’s donation will provide essential food provisions, medical supplies and assistance with operational costs to help local hospitals manage surge capacities.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos partners with SONIFI Solutions
Arizona’s Gila River Hotels & Casinos has partnered with SONIFI Solutions for technology upgrades. Gila River took the opportunity to have SONIFI install its interactive TV platform in each hotel room and update the WiFi network throughout the Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva properties.

WiFi is now the most reliable and stable it’s ever been, thanks to SONIFI’s network upgrade that included adding access points in every guestroom, and creating dedicated bandwidth for groups using the conference center.

Added revenue is also coming into the casinos and dining venues thanks to custom promotions, videos and messages the Gila River team is able to add to the interactive TV in every guestroom.

Accor implements Infor SunSystems in Middle East
Accor IMEA, with more than 400 hotels in India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, is transforming its accounting systems with Infor SunSystems, a powerful financial management solution.

The transformation will position the group to benefit from an anticipated rebound in the region’s hospitality sector as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic abates and the region gears up for mega events including Expo 2020 Dubai.

Accor operates more than 5,100 hotels across 110 countries globally. It has deployed Infor SunSystems to develop its new chart of accounts, and to manage and automate the finances for its hotels in the India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey region.

Global sales of Philips MediaSuite hospitality TVs surpass 110,000
Sales of PPDS’ range of Philips MediaSuite TVs for hospitality have surpassed 110,000 globally, quickly becoming a market leader in parts of Europe.

Going on sale in Europe in late 2019 and available in North America for the first time last month, the Philips MediaSuite range is the world’s first premium professional TVs to feature Chromecast built-in, according to PPDS.

Built on an Android TVTM OS, these Philips-branded hospitality TVs carry PPDS’ “Extended Lifetime” promise, ensuring all of its latest MediaSuites displays are able to offer a consistent experience, keeping pace with guest expectations, including how they would prefer to consume content—via casting, streaming or traditional linear viewing.

The upgrade also gives access to thousands of apps on Google Play, such as local news, weather and traffic information, as well as content streaming from providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and Disney+.