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Mr. Sullivan

Jonathan Sullivan

Senior Manager of Operations, Beverage & Food, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort

Captivated by The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club for its artistic spirit and diverse offerings, Jonathan Sullivan serves as the senior manager of operations for beverage and food, where he has enhanced the customer interaction with his commitment to the service experience.

Mr. Sullivan oversees all eight beverage and food outlets and the Renaissance Brand RLife Live Programming for The Vinoy. Graduating from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, Mr. Sullivan has gained extensive knowledge in business management, which adds to his valued role with The Vinoy.

Mr. Sullivan brings more than eight years of expertise in delivering extraordinary guest experiences and satisfaction, along with a vast knowledge of the meetings and events industry. He is known for thriving in dynamic and high-pressure environments and increasing profits and covers while simultaneously providing positive leadership to his team.

Serving as a member of Marriott’s Training and Recruiting Cadre, Mr. Sullivan’s knowledge stems from his previous roles within the company as director of event service at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. In addition, he gained noteworthy experience as director of event operations at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis Tenn. and later promoted to director of event planning and operations where he was a champion for local catering and maximizing the use of hotel inventory.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 727-894-1000 or jonathan.sullivan@marriott.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.