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Ms. McCall Wilson

Anne McCall Wilson

Principal, McCall Wilson

Ms. McCall Wilson is a principal for McCall & Wilson, a boutique, strategic advisory firm for live well businesses. The firm’s focus is vision and strategy development, current trend spotting and brand and concept creation - all with an eye to performance success. Ms. McCall Wilson has coined the phrase “thought currents” as a key approach - casting a worldwide watch of current ideas and threading them together to ignite a successful strategy. Ms. McCall Wilson headed up global spa operations at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) for 12 years, creating three luxury spa brands, including the award winning Willow Stream Spa brand for Fairmont Hotels. Her responsibilities included oversight of 37 operating spas, the launch of 20 new spas and the concepts for more than 50 projects in development. She has experience working in over 20 countries. McCall & Wilson believes in enhancing the creative vision of designers and connecting it with the business reality of spas to ensure the maximum “experience per square foot” for the guest and the right size of investment for the owner. With a strong track record in hospitality marketing, Ms. McCall Wilson was Co-Chair of the FRHI Internet Task Force and General Manager, Special Projects evaluating new business opportunities for the corporation. She was also General Manager of the former Fairmont SkyDome Hotel in Toronto, where she developed a successful repositioning strategy and marketing program for the hotel. Previous to joining Fairmont, Ms. McCall Wilson headed up destination marketing for Canada in the European market and then for the Province of Ontario globally. At Fairmont, she also led the marketing for Willow Stream Spas globally and developed the recently launched Revenue Management Training Program for Spas for FRHI. Ms. McCall Wilson has been a founding Board Member for the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and was the Summit’s Chair in Bali in 2011. A seasoned presenter and moderator, she most recently led she led the Global Hotel Spa Forum at the Summit in India in 2013 and authored the resulting white paper “Have luxury hotel spas lost their luster?” Ms. McCall Wilson lives in South Carolina with her husband and business partner Steve Wilson and occasionally takes time out to play some golf

Please visit www.mccallwilson.com for more information.

Ms. McCall Wilson can be contacted at 843-525-1317 or anne@mccallwilson.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.