Richard Valtr made his start in the hotel sector on the ground, during the creation of Prague’s Emblem Hotel. It was while he was leading the concept development, design, procurement and project management for the property that he realised hotel management systems had failed to keep pace with hotels or their guests. Richard believes that the hotel sector is capable of great innovation, of breaking free of its traditional boxes. “I believe that now, more than ever, we have the tools and the mindset to drive our own transformations, across hospitality and beyond.” In 10 years of Mews, Richard has pushed for hoteliers to rethink everything in their properties, from payments, to pricing to realising the full potential of your property, square inch by square inch. Richard studied at UCL, lives in Brooklyn and thinks Twitter is a “loveable hellscape”.