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Mr. Ratner

Dave Ratner

Motivational Speaker/CEO, Dave's Soda & Pet City

Dave Ratner has represented the voice of small business owners before both houses of Congress and continues to work to elevate the retail industry. Despite a myriad of top competitors, Mr. Ratner built a business with fanatical customer loyalty and employees who have been with him forever. He is known for creative and cost-effective marketing strategies that have allowed him to compete with large national chain stores and win. Mr. Ratner is also the author of Creating Customer Love: Make Your Customers Love You So Much They’ll Never Go Anyplace Else! The book is a primer for entrepreneurs and executives, as well as hoteliers and other business leaders, with an interest in the positive emotional connection people have with certain brands. That relationship is at the center of the loyalty consumers have for select companies, and the gratitude those businesses have for these men and women. A frequent speaker before a variety of groups, and an active business traveler throughout the United States, Mr. Ratner addresses issues involving leadership, marketing and branding, innovation, as well as exceptional service and respect for consumers of diverse interests and backgrounds. For more than four decades, Mr. Ratner has been building an independent, critically and commercially acclaimed pet supply business. With seven Dave’s Soda and Pet City stores, and a nationally marketed line of high-quality pet food for dogs and cats, Dave has earned a seat at the table on the National Retail Federation Board of Directors. A writer, speaker, entrepreneur and storyteller, Mr. Ratner resides with his family in Western Massachusetts.

Please visit www.daveratner.com/retail-marketing-speaker/ for more information.

Mr. Ratner can be contacted at 1-888-763-2738 or dave@davespetcity.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.