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Mr. Premack

Ben Premack

Director of Sales, Marketing and Events, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Ben Premack is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. An experienced hospitality professional with 13 years in the travel industry, Mr. Premack brings to the LEED EBOM certified resort strong leadership, analytical skills and a history of sales and marketing successes throughout the industry. At Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Mr. Premack oversees the sales and marketing team and initiatives and is a member of the executive committee charged with managing operations across the resort. Mr. Premack began his career with Hyatt in 2003 at Hyatt Regency Bethesda and worked as an Assistant Front Office Manager before being promoted to Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. There, he found his niche in sales and didn’t look back. A seasoned Hyatt ambassador, Mr. Premack pre-opened Grand Hyatt San Antonio in 2007, and then served as the Associate Director of Sales at Grand Hyatt Seattle/Hyatt at Olive 8 as well as Grand Hyatt Washington D.C. He was then named Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia in 2010 prior to his most recent position at the Grand Hyatt DFW. Mr. Premack has received numerous honors and awards for his achievements in hospitality, including the 2014 Sales Team of the Year at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, 2014 Hyatt “Markie” Marketing Award Nominee, 2012 and 2015 Hyatt “Markie” Marketing Award Winner, 2012 Director of Sales of the Year Nominee, 2012 Sales Team of the Year Nominee at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, and the 2010 Sales Team of the Year Nominee at Grand Hyatt Washington, among others.

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Mr. Premack can be contacted at 808-661-1234 or ben.premack@hyatt.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.