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Ms. Rothschild

Joy Rothschild

Chief Human Resources Officer, Omni Hotels and Resorts

Joy Rothschild, a 35-year associate who started in Omni's Management Development Program, rejoined Omni Hotels & Resorts as senior vice president of human resources in January 1998. Since then, she has held the positions of vice president of human resources, corporate human resources director and senior regional director, as well as human resources director for several individual Omni properties. In 2002, under Ms. Rothschild’s leadership the department was recast as associate services to formalize the company’s service commitment to the people who make Omni Hotels a success. Ms. Rothschild is a dynamic and accomplished human resources executive that championed many Omni initiatives that directly impact profitability, customer retention and satisfaction. In 1992, she was awarded the Omni Hotels & Resorts’ President’s Award for developing the Omni Service Champion employee recognition program and the Power of One® employee empowerment program. She is also a Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) GoldenBell Winner. Ms. Rothschild serves on the Advisory Board for School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University, Hospitality Board of Governors for College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, University of North Texas, and American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Labor and Human Resources committees. Ms. Rothschild earned her Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business. Her post-college executive education includes Harvard Business School's Achieving Excellence through Service Program and the University of Michigan's Advanced Human Resources Executive Forum.

Ms. Rothschild can be contacted at 972-871-5600 or pr@omnihotel.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.