Mr Steve Hood - Senior Vice President, STR SHARE Centre
Steve is Senior Vice President of Research for Smith Travel Research. He has been with STR for 18 years and was involved in the original development of the STAR program. Steve is currently responsible for research-related activities at STR and serves as the Founding Director of the SHARE Center. He represents STR at national and international lodging conferences and serves on several advisory boards for industry and academia. In 2012, Steve was recognized by ICHRIE with the Industry Recognition Award for demonstrated commitment to advance hospitality and tourism education. He has also received honors from numerous universities. STR is the leading authority on lodging industry performance trends and performance benchmarking. The STR family of companies includes STR Global, HotelNewsNow.com, STR Analytics and the Hotel Data Conference. In 2011, STR launched the SHARE Center, providing hotel-related data, training materials, and additional resources to over 200 universities around the world to support their research and classroom activities. The SHARE Center has just helped to introduce the “STAR Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics” for students graduating from hospitality programs, being jointly offered by AHLEI, ICHRIE, and STR.