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Mr. Catlin

Jeff Catlin

Co-Founder and CEO, Lexalytics, Inc

Jeff Catlin has over 20 years of experience in the fields of search, classification and text analytics products and services. He has held technical, managerial and senior management positions within a variety of companies including Thomson Financial and Sovereign Hill Software. Mr. Catlin’s experience building text based applications for companies like Thompson Financial where he built a finance news search application showed the need for a set of text mining tools. This need eventually led him to create Lexalytics to provide these text services that had previously been built from scratch. His depth of experience in Search and Text Analytics has made him a frequent speaker at text mining conferences and a frequent guest submitter at blog sites across the internet (for example a video for network world that explains how and why search and text analytics systems compliment one another. Prior to the formation of Lexalytics, Mr. Catlin acted as the General Manager for the unstructured data group of LightSpeed Software where he was responsible for sales, marketing and development efforts for the Knowledge Appliance and iFocus products. Prior to joining LightSpeed, he was co-owner of PleasantStreet Technologies which produced a news-filtering product for Thompson Financial. Mr. Catlin is currently co-founder and CEO of Lexalytics, Inc. Lexalytics software turns conversations into profitable business decisions. Built without any venture funding, Lexalytics is a profitable company that builds the most important engine for social text mining. Relying heavily on automation and a very senior group of people, Mr. Catlin’s company has gone from launching the world’s first commercial sentiment analysis engine to processing billions of documents a day for the top social listening and customer experience management companies in the world. Re-investing millions of dollars a year into development and operations has kept Lexalytics at the forefront of innovation and ahead of the competition for the past twelve years. Mr. Catlin graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987.

Please visit www.lexalytics.com for more information.

Mr. Catlin can be contacted at 1-617-249-1049 or sales@lexalytics.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.