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Mr. Cicero

Sam Cicero

President, Cicero's Development Corp.

Sam E. Cicero, Jr. took over the helm as president of Cicero’s Development in 2012 after a successful 35-year career working in all departments of the company. His responsibilities included working on the construction team developing expertise in the various trades, as well as working in the administrative side of the business where his responsibilities included human resources, accounts receivable, information technology and sales and marketing. Today, Mr. Cicero oversees the daily operations of the business and is involved personally with each project, troubleshooting potential challenges and their solutions, communicating with project owners and representatives updating them on the progress of their project. Having been mentored by his father, Mr. Cicero holds the key values and leads the team in the traditions that have made Cicero’s a respected leader in the construction and commercial renovation industry, and has played a significant role in keeping Cicero’s at the forefront of quality and innovation. After developing expertise in executing their Renovationomix® program and its many divisifered systems, he became a principal developer of the company’s highly successful Disruption Avoidance Management (DAM) program that enables hotel clients to continue operating and maintaining high guest satisfaction levels throughout the renovation process. For over 3 decades, Mr. Cicero worked with his father to assemble a team of professionals respected for their commitment to customer service and quality work. Their track record for meeting deadlines and keeping to budget requirements have been second to none, demonstrating how well they know the renovation and construction process. Mr. Cicero solutions-oriented style has earned him a reputation among colleagues and clients alike for his ability to develop solid strategies, handle conflicts and resolve challenging situations. He has also earned industry awards for the company’s high standards of excellence. Sam Cicero, Jr. holds all licensing requirements for the various state and municipalities where Cicero’s does business, and is uniquely qualified to take Cicero’s Development to even greater heights.

Please visit http://cicerosdev.com for more information.

Mr. Cicero can be contacted at 866-904-0141 or secicero@cicerosdev.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.