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Mr. Foliot

David Foliot

Vice President, Hospitality, Foliot Furniture

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, David Foliot is vice president of the hospitality division of Foliot Furniture. His interest in the company initially sparked at the tender age of eight, when he accompanied his father to meetings with clients and suppliers. When he was old enough to begin working, his choice of workplace was obvious. He spent the next six summers working in the factory while quickly rising through the ranks. Majoring in Management at the University of Quebec in Montreal further prepared him for a future with Foliot Furniture. Throughout his career, Mr. Foliot has made it a point to touch every aspect of the company, be it in sales, planning, or on the road as a sales representative. His experience with multiple facets of the company has not only made him an invaluable asset but has also ensured that his expertise is well rounded. During his tenure with the hospitality division, Mr. Foliot recognized the opportunity for Foliot Furniture to grow within the hotel industry. He helped pioneer the use of laminates for furniture in major hotel chains, including Holiday Inn and Hilton’s Hampton Hotels. While building a team of dedicated and competent employees, establishing a strategic sales plan, and investing countless hours in research and development, he has been instrumental in driving growth and increasing sales. As Foliot Furniture continues to position itself as the premier manufacturer and vendor of laminate furniture in the hospitality industry, Mr. Foliot is more focused than ever on building upon past successes while expanding to additional hotel chains.

Mr. Foliot can be contacted at 702-277-4365 or david@foliot.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.