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Ms. Fairman

Tracy Fairman

Co-owner and CEO , EproDirect

Tracy Fairman,co-owner and CEO of EproDirect, has been involved hospitality sales and marketing for over 20 years, previously with Marriott and Adam’s Mark. Ms. Fairman established EproDirect in 2002 as a marketing & technology company that focuses on the meetings and conventions segment of the hospitality industry. Ms. Fairman was honored in 2007 with HSMAI’s “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality & Travel Sales & Marketing” Award. She earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) from the Convention Industry Council in 2013 and her CHDM (Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer) from HSMAI in 2014. Ms. Fairman is involved in many industry organizations and currently sits on the Marketing Section Council with ASAE and CMP Conclave Education Task Force with the CIC.

Ms. Fairman can be contacted at 561-417-5513 or tracy.fairman@eprodirect.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.