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Mr. Gieselman

James Gieselman

Principal, Emeritus Consulting, LLC

James ‘Jim' Gieselman's broad experience of over 40 plus years enables him to understand the intricacies of hotel HVAC and lighting system operations, because understanding is the key to delivering true energy opportunities to hotel clients. His areas of expertise center on his systems knowledge of hotel infrastructure, especially HVAC, and how they should operate. Through building energy assessments (audits) and retro-commissioning, Mr. Gieselman identifies and quantifies energy inefficiencies and delivers practical solutions.

Mr. Gieselman began his career with The Trane Company as a sales engineer, rising to an account executive position then manager of existing building sales and engineering. During his time at Trane, he also began to do technical training, a passion that he still enjoys today. Mr. Gieselman's next endeavor after a 20-year stint at Trane, he founded an engineering and manufacturing company devoted to the customization of HVAC equipment - the first of its kind in the industry. After more than doubling the size of the business, he sold his interest and moved to Servidyne, a multi-faceted energy engineering company, where he was Vice President of Engineering Operations. He and his engineering team provided energy audits, retro-commissioning services and sustainability consulting to a broad base of hospitality clients. During his tenure, Mr. Gieselman also served as corporate energy manager for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Mr. Gielsman offers no-nonsense answers to the many challenges facing hotel owners and operators today. Too often energy auditors lack the skills and knowledge base to properly assess the complex HVAC systems in today's full-service hotels. He brings a long history of successful building assessments and is a certified Building Energy Assessor by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

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

Mr. Gieselman can be contacted at 770-367-6096 or jim@emeritusllc.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.