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Mr. Naeger

Matt Naeger

Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy, Merkle

Matt Naeger is the Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy at Merkle. Merkle, a global data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing agency, is the largest independent agency in the US for CRM, digital, and search. Mr. Naeger joined the Merkle team nearly four years ago through the acquisition of IMPAQT, a leading online marketing agency that he helped found and build. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in direct marketing and advertising industries, both online and offline, to his role at Merkle. As Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy, Mr. Naeger is responsible for developing a team of digital experts that help clients identify new ways to utilize data to drive the decision making processes behind their online marketing programs and build better user experiences on the web. Merkle’s digital strategists are visionaries. They look down the road to an integrated program that pushes personalized, addressable media to your customers on a massive scale, then determine what media, creative, and CRM initiatives will get you there. Mr. Naeger has been instrumental in establishing Merkle as a recognized leader in the digital space by industry analysts such as Forrester research as well as the largest ad platforms on the internet. Having spoken on panels at virtually every major industry tradeshow, Matt is seen amongst his peers as a thought leader in Digital Strategy and a go-to resource. Prior to joining Merkle, Mr. Naeger was a founding member of the management team for IMPAQT where he held several roles including: Executive VP of Strategy, VP of Operations, and General Counsel. He has a BS in Business and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Duquesne University School of Law.

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

Mr. Naeger can be contacted at 443-542-4000 or mnaeger@merkleinc.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.