Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Ezra

Aron Ezra

CEO, OfferCraft

Aron Ezra is the successful founder of two tech companies, and has a track record of pushing clients and even entire industries toward new technologies. He is an active member of the Las Vegas and San Francisco innovation ecosystems, a Princeton-educated mentor to other entrepreneurs, a board member of many startups, and a prodigious generator of ideas. Aron has been named one of the Most Intriguing People in Las Vegas and one of the Top 10 Rising Business Leaders in the city. Aron’s first company, MacroView Labs (where he was the founder and CEO), was one of the first mobile app development companies in the world. MacroView's apps were eventually used by millions of patrons at hundreds of businesses around the world. Aron and his team pioneered many techniques that are now industry standard, such as geofencing, contextual push notifications and in-app social games. MacroView was acquired in 2011 for eight figures by Bally Technologies, now Scientific Games. Aron's next venture, OfferCraft, was inspired by a question: "What if we made the unpleasant parts of an organization more fun?" He wondered: What if we made it fun to stand in a checkout line? Or get a physical? Or open a marketing email? Or go to work? Would employees perform better? Would customers spend more? So he hired a mix of top behavioral economists, psychologists, engineers and game developers. Then the team built software that could infuse playful game elements into marketing, HR, operations, finance — basically every department. The results were remarkable. This seemingly simple KPI — enjoyability — has an immense impact on revenues, customer churn, employee turnover, and much more. Today Mr. Ezra is CEO of OfferCraft, and the company has clients in the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

Please visit htttp://www.OfferCraft.com for more information.

Mr. Ezra can be contacted at 310-403-3082 or aezra@offercraft.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.