Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Mandigo

Theodore Mandigo

Professor, Kendall Coillege

Ted Mandigo has spent nearly 40 years providing consulting services to the hotel industry. He has provided the market studies used in financing the Ritz-Carlton; the Fairmont; the Swissotel; Embassy Suites; Fairfield Inn; Wit Hotel; and the Hampton Inn. Consulting service engagement include the Drake; the Whitehall; Hyatt Regency; W City Center; Sofitel; Intercontinental; Westin River North; and the Renaissance. He has also conducted studies for the Club industry including in Chicago the Union League Club; University Club; Chicago Club; The Casino and several city and country clubs around the country. Ted received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and his MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. He is a charter member and founder of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and a CPA. Ted Mandigo was the President/Chairman of the Illinois CPA Society and served on the national council for the AICPA. He was chairman of the Finance Committee for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; chairman of the Food Service Committee for the Ravinia Festival; co-chair of the allied member committee of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. Work experience includes Partnerships at Pannell Kerr Forster and BDO Seidman accounting firms; Director at Landauer; and as President of his own consulting firm, TR Mandigo & Co. which was founded in 1995. Mr. Mandigo is a frequent guest speaker for various hospitality organizations including preparing and presenting an annual forecast for the Chicago Downtown Hotel Managers; the O’Hare Hotel Managers; the DuPage County CVB; the Midwest Lodging Conference; and the Phoenix Lodging Conference. Ted is also a full time faculty member at Kendall College where he teaches Hospitality Law; Feasibility Studies; Revenue Management; Labor Relations; Quality Service; Management Strategy; and Real Estate Finance.

Mr. Mandigo can be contacted at theodore.mandigo@kendall.edu

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.