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Mr. Young

Alan E. Young

CEO & Co-founder, Puzzle Partner, Ltd.

Alan E. Young began his travel and hotel technology focused career 25 years ago in operations at the Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto. As his passion for the technology aspect of the hospitality industry intensified, he transitioned from operations and began to focus on the technologies that were going to be propelling the hotel and travel industry forward for many years to come. Today, Mr. Young is the President and Co-Founder of Puzzle Partner Ltd., a strategic and tactical marketing and public relations firm that specializes in helping travel and hotel technology companies achieve winning performance and dramatic growth. Through the implementation of proper messaging and content strategies, Puzzle Partner enables their clients to garner greater visibility and ultimately an increase in revenues. Previously, Mr. Young has held key executive positions with Newtrade Technologies (Expedia), Hotel Information Systems (Softbrands), Hotel Booking Solutions and Infor, the worlds third largest ERP software company Mr. Young is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Open Travel Alliance, a global hospitality/travel industry technology standards association. Mr. Young has also been very involved with other industry organizations most notably AHLA, HEDNA and HTNG. He is a sought-after guest speaker that has been invited to present at World Travel Mart, ITB, HITEC, HEDNA, The HOT Conference and several other global industry events. Mr. Young also sits on the Advisory board of several innovative travel technology firms helping them develop their sales, branding and marketing strategies in order that they gain a very quick foothold in an extremely complex and competitive industry.

Please visit www.puzzlepartner.ca for more information.

Mr. Young can be contacted at 705-241-5244 or alan@puzzlepartner.ca

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.