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Mr. Maguire

Jim Maguire

Vice President Guest Services, Vantage Hotels

Jim Maguire is an expert in the field of customer experience and guest loyalty. His career spans over 25 years in a variety of industries including manufacturing, insurance, retail and hospitality. As Vice President of Guest Services for Vantage Hotels, Mr. Maguire oversees the guest and loyalty programs for Vantage’s hotel brands including, Americas Best Value Inn, Canadas Best Value Inn, Country Hearth Inn & Suites, Signature Inn, Jameson Inn, Lexington by Vantage and 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts. Vantage is a top 10 global hotel company with over 1,200 properties and 70,000 rooms in six countries and the only hotel company to be ranked eight consecutive years on the prestigious Inc. 500/500 List of Fastest Growing Companies. Before coming to Vantage, he worked at Cross Country Home Services (CCHS) for eight years, where he was responsible for managing and servicing $80 million in claims. One of Mr. Maguire’s major accomplishments at CCHS was reducing the claims life cycle by two days, which resulted in an annual savings of more than $1 million. Mr. Maguire also spent 17 years with Nestle Waters USA, where he held leadership positions in sales, operations and customer service. At Nestle, Mr. Maguire was recognized for increasing inside sales and customer service revenue by $1 million, as well as streamlining account services functions for a savings of over $2 million. Mr. Maguire has written numerous articles about the service industry and is an accomplished public speaker. He resides in South Florida with his two sons.

Please visit http://www.vantagehospitality.com for more information.

Mr. Maguire can be contacted at 877-311-2378 x213 or jmaguire@vantagehospitality.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.