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Ms. Stone

Heather Stone

Global Executive Vice President, CSI Enterprises

In 1989, Heather Stone co-founded CSI Enterprises, a highly-acclaimed and award-winning company in the 'FinTech' space, providing innovative payment solutions to some of the world's most iconic brands. As Global Executive Vice President Heather has been a driving force in developing corporate payment solutions within the company’s Electronic Accounts Payable, Mobile, Travel, P-card, fuel card and globalVCard® divisions that serve specific market needs in many verticals including manufacturing, construction, energy, hospitality, healthcare, media, sports and entertainment. Ms. Stone has led the company’s growth within the hospitality industry, where the majority of the top hospitality management companies rely on globalVCard® to process their payment transactions. CSI globalVCard offers dual issuing capabilities with international partner PPS and is also a member of ACTE and GBTA. Corporate purchasing solutions reduce costs and increase profits in all areas of B2B payments, including accounts payable, business travel spending, and fuel purchases. Driven to succeed throughout her 20+ year career, Heather consistently holds herself and her company to the highest of standards, and is the primary driver behind CSI Enterprise’s legendary customer service. Her innate ability to listen, adapt to, and create solutions has earned her the reputation as a trusted advisor to many Fortune 1000 corporate executives. Heather’s drive to succeed extends far beyond the office. She is a passionate as a role model for women in business, and is involved in several women’s business organizations including National Association of Professional Women, where she was named Professional Woman of the Year in 2013 and Women in Leadership recognition 2015 and again in 2016. In addition, she is a competitive marathon runner and vehement supporter of many local and national charities benefitting children in need, including: The Power2Change Foundation (CSI Enterprise’s corporate foundation), Tiger Woods Foundation, George Gervin Youth Center, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Heather Stone is an Alumni of Pepperdine University, where she studied business and journalism.

Please visit https://www.csiglobalvcard.com/ for more information.

Ms. Stone can be contacted at 239-595-0977 or cperry@csiglobalvcard.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.