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Mr. Weiler

Scott Weiler

Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Scott Weiler joined Sonesta International Hotels Corporation in December, 2013 as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Sonesta Hotels. He is responsible for managing brand development, advertising, ecommerce, Sonesta Travel Pass guest loyalty program, research and public relations for the company’s growing collection of global brands with more than 60 properties in seven countries, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection, all focused on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. Mr. Weiler has more than 25 years of experience, and has been consistently focused on engaging customers through innovative and highly relevant marketing programs in the retail and travel industries. His marketing roots are in 1-to-1 marketing, and he has overseen more than 20 million customer and guest relationships over his career. Prior to joining Sonesta, Mr. Weiler was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Vantage Deluxe Travel, where he was responsible for marketing to past and prospective travelers, database and business intelligence and creative process and PR. He has also served as a strategic marketing consultant for Lindblad Expeditions where he evaluated the marketing model and developed specific growth opportunities. His extensive marketing career also includes senior leadership roles with Eddie Bauer, Spiegel, Bluestem Brands and Target. He is a founding member of the Marketing Leadership Council and an active member of the American Marketing Association. Mr. Weiler graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology.

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

Mr. Weiler can be contacted at 617-421-5400 or sweiler@sonesta.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.