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Mr. Hirsch

Jeffrey Hirsch

Founder and President, The Right Brain Studio, Inc.

Jeff Hirsch is the Founder and President of The Right Brain Studio and Adjunct Professor in the graduate Communications Management program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism. His research insights, business development strategies and new product ideas are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for some of the world’s top brands such as Caesar’s Entertainment, Disneyland & Disneyworld, Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Brown-Forman, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Anheuser-Busch and many others. Mr. Hirsch started his career in advertising account management at DKG advertising in New York City. After working on various brands for the agency’s Brown-Forman account, the client hired him to work directly for the company at its Louisville, KY headquarters in Brand Management on the Old Forrester Bourbon brand and innovation projects. He later went on to work on various General Mills brands in Account Management at Campbell-Mithun Advertising, and on the Apple business at Chiat/Day Advertising. Frustrated by the advertising business’s categorization of “creativity” - if one department was “creative” by definition, did that mean that all the others weren’t? - Mr. Hirsch launched his own business to inject a higher level of creativity and right brain-thinking into the strategic planning process. Many years later, the Right Brain Studio’s clients show tangible success based on the company’s ability to “connect the dots other people don't’ see” and “curate emotions” to zero in on deeply held values and feelings that dictate brand choice. An avid reader, golfer, filmgoer and music lover, Mr. Hirsch enjoys performing solo - or joining his band - at local clubs and events. He also maintains his availability, should the team need his talents, to play center field for the New York Mets. He has an M.S. in Advertising and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.

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

Mr. Hirsch can be contacted at 818-400-7922 or jhirsch@therightbrainstudio.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.