WESTON, FL – May 18, 2020 – Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI), a technology leader in the travel and vacation rental markets, today announced it has hired travel industry veteran Randy Laser to the new position of Monaker Group VP, Products and Revenue Management.
Effective May 15, 2020, Mr. Laser joined Monaker’s management & technology team with a mission to accelerate the redevelopment and launch of Monaker’s NextTrip.biz, manage relationships with Monaker’s service providers, and lead the development of a Revenue Management system in the Monaker Booking Engine (MBE). He will report directly to Tim Sikora, Monaker Group’s CIO/COO
According to Monaker CEO Bill Kerby, “Randy’s experience and skill set should help Monaker accelerate growth – on the back of the coronavirus pandemic – as he manages Alternative Lodging Rental (ALR) rates distributed to travel distribution partners by aligning rates with demand. Additionally, he will oversee the commercial launch of our new NextTrip.biz, a Travel Management Solution focused on small-to-medium sized businesses, and join the team responsible for the re-branding and resurgence of Maupintour with high-end luxury alternative lodging accommodations.”
Commenting further on Mr. Laser’s hire, Monaker CIO/COO Tim Sikora said, “We’re excited to have Randy onboard and expect his contributions to be significant as we focus on leveraging our technology and reach in the Alternative Lodging and Travel industry. We view yield management as an emerging opportunity for the Alternative Lodging industry as post-pandemic property owners seek to capitalize on the returning demand for ALR properties. Having Randy lead our efforts to create innovative solutions that increase occupancy rates and margins will help differentiate the Monaker Group portfolio of products, while also accelerating our growth.”
Randy Laser has over 20 years of commercial experience in the travel industry including start-ups, mergers and acquisitions. His commercial expertise includes Pricing, Revenue Management, Marketing, Sales, E-Commerce, Scheduling, Planning, Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO), and General Distribution Systems (GDS’s) with Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport. He managed system launches and cutovers at Legacy and LCC airlines and hotels that included American Airlines, Virgin America, Aloha Airlines, Midway Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Reno Air, Silver Airways and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Laser was a key revenue leader at several major airlines and hotels for strategic and innovative decision-making using revenue management systems, business intelligence tools, and building teams to optimize and enhance revenue. Randy holds an MBA from University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
About Monaker Group
Monaker Group, Inc., is a technology-driven travel company focused on delivering innovation to the alternative lodging rental (ALR) market. The proprietary Monaker Booking Engine (MBE) provides access to more than 2.6 million instantly bookable vacation rental homes, villas, chalets, apartments, condos, resort residences, and castles. MBE offers travel distributors and agencies an industry first: a customizable, instant-booking platform for alternative lodging rental. For more about Monaker Group, visit www.monakergroup.com and follow on twitter @MonakerGroup
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