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Mr. Loch

Dylan Loch

Founder and President, Hotel Room Alerts, LLC.

Dylan Loch is the founder and president of Hotel Room Alerts, LLC. In this role, he serves as the chief operating officer and handles all business related aspects as well as all external communication and media relations. Hotel Room Alerts, LLC was founded in October of 2013 and has grown from 5,000 users in February of 2014 to over 11,000 users to date. It recently launched its services on mobile applications for both the Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. Prior the creation of Hotel Room Alerts LLC, Mr. Loch studied economics with a focus in business management and hospitality business at Michigan State University.

Mr. Loch can be contacted at 248-703-0704 or lochdyla@gmail.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.