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Mr. Hess

John Hess

Director of Sales & Marketing, Omni Bedford Springs Resort

John Hess is a talented sales professional with extensive experience in leading a multitude of resorts along the east coast of the United States. Mr. Hess joins Omni Bedford Springs Resort as director of sales and marketing. I

n this role, he is tasked with overseeing the resort sales team and developing innovative strategies to increase revenues and drive business, with a focus on group clientele.

Mr. Hess arrived from nearby Seven Springs Mountain Resort, where he was the director of sales for the past five years. In years prior, he held key sales management positions at properties in the mid-Atlantic, including director of sales at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in Snowshoe, W.Va.; general manager / director of sales at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center in Huddleston, Va.; and director of sales at Wintergreen Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Mr. Hess made his debut in hospitality sales in 2002 as the corporate sales manager of Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Va. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., He also holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Richmond.

Mr. Hess is committed to staying active and involved in industry and community affairs. Mr. Hess has previously served as mayor of the Rockwood Borough in Pennsylvania from 2013 to 2015, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism Board from 2014 to 2015.

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

Mr. Hess can be contacted at 814-623-8100 or jhess@omnihotels.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.