Mr. Ellis

Bernard Ellis

Vice President of Industry Strategy

Infor Hospitality

Bernard Mr. Ellis is responsible for defining the global go-to-market strategy for the entire Infor solution suite for the hospitality, travel, and leisure industry vertical. In addition to general product positioning, brand messaging, and industry relations, Mr. Ellis also directly oversees product management of Infor’s hospitality-specific PMS, RMS, and POS industry applications, and pursues their tight integration with Infor’s world-class solutions for financial, human capital, enterprise asset, customer experience, and dynamic enterprise performance management. Mr. Ellis also guides these other solution groups on the “last mile” functionality required to achieve specialized hospitality editions that outperform best-of-breed industry solutions, yet are still cost-effective to implement. With his launch of Infor CloudSuite™ Hospitality in 2014, Mr. Ellis marked over 15 years of evangelizing SaaS solutions.

A 25-year hospitality technology industry veteran, Mr. Ellis is especially well suited to ensure the alignment of all Infor hospitality sales, marketing and product management objectives. Prior to Infor, Mr. Ellis held executive positions with IDeaS, a SAS Company, SynXis, now part of Sabre Hospitality, and Micros-Fidelio, now part of Oracle Hospitality. With his broad background in on-property systems, distribution, and revenue management, and having managed strategic initiatives with leading hoteliers like Carlson, Four Seasons, MGM, Kimpton, and the Preferred Hotel Group, Mr. Ellis brings a unique mix of hotel technology experience to the Infor team.

Mr. Ellis is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP), as designated by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), and a Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME), as designated by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), for whom he has also served as a member of the Revenue Management Advisory Board and past President of the Metropolitan Washington, DC Chapter.

Mr. Ellis received a Master of Professional Studies (now MMH) degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary.

Based in Washington, DC, Mr. Ellis is a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada.

Mr. Ellis can be contacted at 202-232-3839 or bernard.ellis@infor.com

Coming Up In The February Online Hotel Business Review




Feature Focus
Social Media: Interacting with the Hotel Customer
Consider these astonishing numbers: 1.49 billion active monthly Facebook users. 1.1 billion active monthly YouTube users. 320 million active monthly Twitter users and nearly 400 million registered users on LinkedIn. 400 million active monthly Instagram users and 200 million active Google+ users. The power and reach of social media is an awesome force and it has transformed how hotels interact with their customers. In the past year, social media advertising spending increased 33.5% to nearly $24 billion dollars. Social networks are being utilized by hotels to reach more visitors, expand brand awareness, enhance brand reputation and to establish more direct and personal communication with their customers. Savvy hotel operators are adopting a comprehensive social media strategy, and there are several emerging trends to note. Video continues to be a powerful and influential element in social media marketing, with 70% of companies saying that it is their most effective marketing tool. Video generates a 62% higher engagement rate than photographs alone, and with new social sites like Meerkat and Periscope which offer live video streaming, those numbers will only increase. Sponsored content is another growing trend. Though advertorials have been around for decades, hotels are finding new ways to maximize the visibility of their content. Some are placing sponsored content on Facebook, or on influencer blogs. Another trend is the integration of a “Buy Now” button into social media websites. Customers will be able to make purchases without ever having to leave their favorite social sites. This development is a major convenience for customers and should also be an additional revenue source for hotels. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.