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Mr. Murphy

Dave Murphy

Training Director, N-Hance Revolutionary Wood-Renewal

Dave Murphy has been with N-Hance Revolutionary Wood-Renewal, the national partner of The Home Depot for the refinishing of hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets, for more than 15 years. He has been the Training Director for N-Hance Wood-Renewal for the past eight years. As the Training Director his responsibilities include conducting a 10-day course with new franchise owners. Over the course of two weeks, he educates new franchisees on wood floors and cabinets, covering everything from different wood species, the history of wood and different techniques of wood refinishing. Training courses conclude with the successful completion of four in-home projects that include two wood flooring and two cabinet jobs. As of 2014, Mr. Murphy has now joined the Franchise Operation Team for the company. His role for Franchise Operations is to coach franchisees on best practices to running a successful business and teaching them turn it into a profitable business. Prior to working with N-Hance, Mr. Murphy was the trainer for the national franchise Chem-Dry, the world’s largest carpet cleaning company, for four years. Once Mr. Murphy saw the success of the prototypes of N-Hance Wood Renewal in Utah and Seattle, Washington and the brand started to franchise in 2001, he opened up his very own N-Hance in Sandy, Utah. When he and his family chose to move back to the northern part of Utah, he sold his N-Hance Wood Renewal franchise to join the company’s corporate office. Even with 15 years in the industry, Mr. Murphy regularly attends sand and refinish schools and coating classes where he continues to pick up unique techniques to share and teach in his thorough training sessions. Mr. Murphy is instrumental in developing the courses and training sessions that will a part of the N-Hance Wood Renewal’s annual national convention. The courses can range from business development to implementing new products and techniques. Overall, Mr. Murphy is a business man who not only makes sure he is knowledgeable on the latest trends in the industry but he enjoys teaching and sharing his expertise with others that have the same passion.

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Mr. Murphy can be contacted at 435-890-1000 or dave.murphy@nhance.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.