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Ms. Finjer

Corey Finjer

Sr. Vice President, Hawkins International PR

Corey Finjer has been with Hawkins International PR (HIPR), a top-tier global PR firm specializing in travel lifestyle, hospitality and spa/wellness brands, for almost a decade. Since joining HIPR, she has overseen the launch of several major projects from the multi-million dollar redesign of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort to the rebranding and opening of the former Versace mansion in Miami as The Villa By Barton G. Ms. Finjer also oversees ongoing traditional and new media relations campaigns for luxury hotel brands, such as Dorchester Collection, independent boutique properties, such as XV Beacon in Boston, start-ups such as Flytographer and TINT, and airlines such as La Compagnie, among others. Ms. Finjer also runs the agency’s digital division, amplifying traditional results-oriented media efforts by masterfully guiding existing and new clients across the complex digital space. The digital team has seen 200% growth over the past year, developing their clients’ strategic social initiatives and content, launching targeted influencer marketing programs, and elevating their community management action plans. Ultimately, she is responsible for changing the way luxury travel brands and individual properties reach and connect with their audiences - globally - across social media platforms. Prior to joining HIPR, Ms. Finjer found her passion for the hospitality industry working in-house managing marketing and public relations for The Charles Hotel, a luxury property in Cambridge, MA. She received a bachelor of science in communications, summa cum laude, with a concentration in public relations, and a bachelor of arts in psychology, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Ms. Finjer can be contacted at 212-255-6541 or corey@hawkpr.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.