Rainmaker Group Chairs Revenue Management Panel at GA Tech Conference

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Rainmaker hosts Harrah's, MGM MIRAGE, Archstone-Smith execs for Revenue Management thought leadership event.

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Harrah's and MGM MIRAGE are the top casino hotel companies in Las Vegas. Listening to executives from both chains freely discuss the use of analytics and demand metrics and how they balance technology with human judgment to optimize revenue growth and retain customer loyalty, was an education for all of us.

The Rainmaker Group, the world leader in automated revenue management software and services to the casino hotel and multi-family housing industries for total property profitability, hosted a thought leadership panel of top revenue management executives from Harrah's Entertainment, MGM MIRAGE and Archstone-Smith at the recent Revenue Management and Pricing Optimization Conference held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Attendees at the standing-room-only event participated in a discussion of how companies in the volatile Las Vegas gaming hotel market employ advanced analytics to optimize revenue.

Rainmaker is speaking in a second leadership panel at the EyeforTravel Revenue Management (RM) Conference October 9 - 10 in Las Vegas.

Bruce Barfield, president of The Rainmaker Group, said, "Harrah's and MGM MIRAGE are the top casino hotel companies in Las Vegas. Listening to executives from both chains freely discuss the use of analytics and demand metrics and how they balance technology with human judgment to optimize revenue growth and retain customer loyalty, was an education for all of us." Harrah's and MGM MIRAGE both use Rainmaker's revolution Product Suite of Revenue Management modules to optimize guest profitability for the entire casino hotel enterprise.

Harrah's Director, Revenue Management - Western Division, Colleen Birch, noted that Harrah's centrally coordinates room pricing for eight Las Vegas casino hotels to ensure maximum revenue from cross-selling while applying an integrated rate strategy throughout its portfolio. MGM MIRAGE's VP of Revenue Management, Tim Coleman added that his company monitors demand continuously and frequently changes rates for all the room-types at all its hotels three or more times daily. Panelists noted that RM is becoming increasingly technology driven. Annie Laurie McCulloh, AVP of Pricing and Revenue Management for Archstone-Smith, one of the country's largest multi-family housing operators with over 85,000 units, participated on the RM panel to compare revenue management and pricing practices in the apartment industry to those in hospitality.

Rainmaker's Executive Vice President, Tom Walker, will participate in a blue ribbon leadership panel at the coming EyeforTravel Revenue Management and Travel Conference. His panel will focus on how hotel and travel operators can balance the large amount of data needed to analyze demand and optimize pricing, with factors that promote guest loyalty and repeat business. Walker has extensive experience in the travel industry; he is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and other institutions and received his MBA from UCLA.

About Rainmaker Group
The Rainmaker Group is a software and services company that provides revenue management for over one-half million units in the casino/gaming, multi-family housing and other industries. Rainmaker implements and supports the revolution product suite, which maximizes total property profitability for operators of casino hotels and other hospitality enterprises. The company enables clients to identify and maintain availability for their most profitable revenue sources through revenue management implementations. The Rainmaker Group helps casino hotels increase profitability through the accurate, instantaneous ability to determine the minimum acceptable value of each guest. This increases client profitability by securing the most profitable customers while developing more effective business processes. Hospitality clients include Boyd Gaming, Harrah's Entertainment, Omni Hotels, MGM MIRAGE, Trump Entertainment Resorts and other leading hotel companies.

The Rainmaker Group also provides the revolution LRO SM profit optimization solution that enables multi-family housing operators to maximize revenue from apartment leases. revolution LRO lease rate improvement results have been reviewed and validated by independent accounting firms. For over five years revolution LRO has delivered optimized leasing rates to the largest operators in the industry including Archstone-Smith, Equity Residential, Post Properties, Simpson Housing, Mid-America Apartment Communities and a number of other leading multifamily housing companies.

The Rainmaker Group
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5755 North Point Parkway
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
Phone: 678-578-5777
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