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Ms. Sher

Circe Sher

Co-Founder, Piazza Hospitality

With more than two decades’ experience in public relations and marketing across many platforms and a lifetime in a real estate and restaurant family, Circe Sher brings broad expertise to her position as co-founder of Piazza Hospitality. Since the company’s formation in 2001, she has overseen the marketing, public relations and promotional efforts for its properties including Hotel Healdsburg and its sister property h2hotel, as well as its associated restaurants Spoonbar, Pizzando and Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Beyond marketing the final product, Ms. Sher also helps direct the conceptual development of Piazza Hospitality’s contemporary properties. She played a pivotal role in creating the concept of the boutique luxury Hotel Healdsburg and the eco-friendly, avant-garde h2hotel, along with the concept for The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg. Her energies are now focused on three new projects: a third property in Healdsburg, the H3 GuestHouse; Hotel San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast; and a recently approved hotel project in Sebastopol. The forthcoming boutique hotels will serve as environmentally-friendly chic retreats, inviting visitors to relax, recharge and play. Prior to her career in the hospitality business, Ms. Sher was an officer for Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco in the Mayor’s Office of Protocol through 2001. During this time, she was in charge of planning and fundraising for large city events and international trade missions, and served as his liaison to the arts community and international consular corps. Ms. Sher graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology in 1991. She has a five-year-old daughter and lives in Healdsburg.

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

Ms. Sher can be contacted at 707-431-8221 or info@piazzahospitality.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.