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      11-17-2021, 05:17 PM   #23
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Sector/industry: automotive-BMWNA for 22 years-now retired
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How long you've worked there-22 yrs
Number of direct reports maybe:4
Rough location in the world: Area Manager-Texas/Penna/Fla
What you like about it (what does a good day look like): love working with dealers and cars, always have worked outta my house, no commute
What's your insider industry secret: Always transact a sale with a sales mgr vs a salesman
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      11-18-2021, 01:24 PM   #24
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Rough location in the world: All over, but currently in NC, lived in CT, CA, NC, Poland...and traveled to 15 global locations in the past 5 years.
What you like about it (what does a good day look like): Travel the world, cool industry, step into any airport or onto any plane, know we make many if not most parts on it, support military, vacations paid for by frequent flier miles and hotel stays
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Sector/industry: Hotels - electronic distribution of rates/inventory
Company size: One of the largest hotel chains in the world
How long you've worked there: almost 11 years
Number of direct reports: 48
Rough location in the world: Southwest USA
What you like about it: I manage people, processes, and applications - no two days are the same, and I have an amazing team.
What's your insider industry secret!:Don't ever ever book hotel rooms with sites like Expedia or Priceline if you have the option of booking directly on the hotel brand's website.
What you drive!! 2022 M235i GC XD
Why not book with travel agents?
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      11-18-2021, 01:47 PM   #26
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Sector/industry: Musician
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How long you've worked there: years
Number of direct reports: the band would say none
Rough location in the world: North America
What you like about it: The smiling faces of the fans, and sleeping as late as I want.
What's your insider industry secret!: A great band has an even better crew.
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      11-18-2021, 04:43 PM   #27
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Why not book with travel agents?
Not travel agents, they're ok. It's the online travel sites I stay away from. 30+ years in the hotel industry, and I was a revenue manager for many of those years, so I will speak to it from both the side of the consumer and the side of the hotel.

When you book with those online sites like Expedia, they "own" your reservation, not the hotel. So if you want to change it, cancel it, request something specific, you have to do it through the site you booked, not through the hotel, because the hotel doesn't have the ability/authorization to touch your reservation. It can be a real mess with red tape and delays, billing complications, etc.

Every single hotel chain is required to have "parity" across all booking channels, which means you won't find a rate on Expedia lower than what you'd find on that hotel's branded website. Maybe the same, but not lower. When those sites advertise that they have the "lowest rate", yeah, its technically true, but it's not lower than what you'd find anywhere else, it's equal to it.

From the hotelier's point of view, they are paying a chunk of what you paid to the website as a commission, usually 15% or more, so it's a less profitable reservation. You pay the same rate regardless, but the hotels get less of it.

At the end of the day, you can use those online travel sites to shop and get an idea of where you want to stay, but you're always better off booking the reservation with the actual brand website. You'll also earn loyalty points with the brand that you wouldn't earn if you book with an online travel site.
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      11-18-2021, 05:02 PM   #28
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Why not book with travel agents?
Not travel agents, they're ok. It's the online travel sites I stay away from. 30+ years in the hotel industry, and I was a revenue manager for many of those years, so I will speak to it from both the side of the consumer and the side of the hotel.

When you book with those online sites like Expedia, they "own" your reservation, not the hotel. So if you want to change it, cancel it, request something specific, you have to do it through the site you booked, not through the hotel, because the hotel doesn't have the ability/authorization to touch your reservation. It can be a real mess with red tape and delays, billing complications, etc.

Every single hotel chain is required to have "parity" across all booking channels, which means you won't find a rate on Expedia lower than what you'd find on that hotel's branded website. Maybe the same, but not lower. When those sites advertise that they have the "lowest rate", yeah, its technically true, but it's not lower than what you'd find anywhere else, it's equal to it.

From the hotelier's point of view, they are paying a chunk of what you paid to the website as a commission, usually 15% or more, so it's a less profitable reservation. You pay the same rate regardless, but the hotels get less of it.

At the end of the day, you can use those online travel sites to shop and get an idea of where you want to stay, but you're always better off booking the reservation with the actual brand website. You'll also earn loyalty points with the brand that you wouldn't earn if you book with an online travel site.
Thanks but you didn't really explain why.
You say the hotel gets less money because they pay a commission, that's enough reason for a customer to choose to go with them directly? Not for me, I'd be happier getting a bit of a discount by going directly. What you don't get in fidelity points with the hotel chain, you get with Expedia, 10% or more, and you get to use those with anything Expedia sells (hotels, cars, flights, etc.)

I was hoping for a stronger reason to not go with them. The fact Expedia owns the reservation has always proven beneficial to me. E.g. when I was told by a hotel that I couldn't get a refund because I had already checked-in (and the room had a strong smell of smoke). I went to another hotel anyway and "swallowed" the cost (it was unbearable).
Called Expedia and they refunded me. YMMV.
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      11-19-2021, 02:12 PM   #29
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Then why are you reading it?
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      11-20-2021, 09:06 PM   #30
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      11-21-2021, 12:19 AM   #31
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These threads are so stupid….
Then why are you reading it?
Actually I didn't…..I read the original post and knew right away how dumb was this was.

Oooohhh……you drive a BMW…..how much money do you make, what is your job, who do you know, what is your favorite position, how big is your pecker?

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      11-21-2021, 06:40 AM   #32
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These threads are so stupid….
Then why are you reading it?
Actually I didn't…..I read the original post and knew right away how dumb was this was.

Oooohhh……you drive a BMW…..how much money do you make, what is your job, who do you know, what is your favorite position, how big is your pecker?

If you don't like it, move along and don't comment.

Also, chill out a bit.
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      11-21-2021, 09:14 AM   #33
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Actually I didn't…..I read the original post and knew right away how dumb was this was.

Oooohhh……you drive a BMW…..how much money do you make, what is your job, who do you know, what is your favorite position, how big is your pecker?

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Sector/industry: automotive-BMWNA for 22 years-now retired
Company size: large
How long you've worked there-22 yrs
Number of direct reports maybe:4
Rough location in the world: Area Manager-Texas/Penna/Fla
What you like about it (what does a good day look like): love working with dealers and cars, always have worked outta my house, no commute
What's your insider industry secret: Always transact a sale with a sales mgr vs a salesman
What you drive: Practically everything Bmw made, current is an x2 m35i
@glen e What is the reason to transact with a sales manager vs a salesman?
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      11-21-2021, 11:25 AM   #35
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Money decisions better with SM And a signed buyers order by the sales manager versus the salesman is more credible and more legal. The reason I said “transact” is you can talk to a salesman all you want to gather data, but when the rubber meets the road and you put a deposit down, you need a sales manager signature on the buyers order.
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      11-22-2021, 12:21 AM   #36
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These threads are so stupid….
so as people think you're mad rich because you drive a BMW...

This is insane how many times I got told this from ; client, colleague, friends, etc.

I own 4 cars, bought used, looking only for deals ;
They all are A1, clean AF, and no check engines, never used a towing.

Audi avant,
335xi m pack 6mt,
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cayenne,

Paid 28k$ cad for all 4. So yeah, fcking deal that's almost impossible to find anymore on post covid.

and the total cost is way less than a loaded hyundai sonata...

repair cost is also probably similar, because all DIY, and people getting new cars not only lost on the new car devaluation, but also hire a mechanic to do repairs and maintenance.
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How long you've worked there 15+ I stop counting
Number of direct reports maybe - I'm my own boss, but have a partner
Rough location in the world - DMV USA
What you like about it (what does a good day look like) - I can be anywhere in the world and still work
What's your insider industry secret! Relationship building goes' a long way
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Absolutely, I'm in! I work in IT, specifically cybersecurity, for a mid-sized company in the UK. Been here for around 5 years. What I love most is solving complex security challenges – feels like a win each time. Driving a BMW 3 Series adds a nice touch to the daily commute!
nice a fellow cyber sec!

I also use to live part time in the UK due to my wife pursuing her PhD there.

I wish it was easier for me to find work in the UK due to being non citizen / no work visa lol.

otherwise i would never leave.
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[B]How long you've worked there - Nearly 2 years but over 25 in the industry
Number of direct reports - None which is the way i like it
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What you like about it (what does a good day look like) - Pretty much each installation I design is different and has its own specific set of challenges. Today i was trying to find a certain shade of grey/brown to match the sandstone of a 16th Century church as our antennas need to be colour matched.
What's your insider industry secret! It is insanely expensive to build a mobile network.
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