Kelly McGuire leads the Hospitality and Travel Global Practice for SAS. In this role, she is responsible for driving the offering set and setting strategic direction for the practice. McGuire works with product management, sales, alliances and R&D to ensure that SAS solutions meet the needs of the market, and evangelizes the value of advanced analytics to the industries she serves. Before joining SAS, McGuire consulted with Harrah’s Entertainment on restaurant revenue management strategies for their major markets. Prior to that, she was a senior consultant at Radiant Systems. She also worked for RMS (Restaurant Revenue Management Solutions) providing menu item pricing recommendations to major chain restaurants.
McGuire has a BS from Georgetown University and a MMH and PhD in Revenue Management from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Her research has been published in The Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research and the Journal of Service Management. She is also a frequent contributor to industry publications, speaker at industry conferences and is co-author of the SAS/CHR blog “The Analytic Hospitality Executive”.
ENTER is a great annual event that helps to boost local (e)Tourism community, that involves young people (PhD students, young tourism industry professionals and volunteers) in the research and understanding on how digital technologies are important for future tourism development. Professionally, I met several interesting people who will now be colleagues and perhaps friends for life.