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Ms. Smith

Jenna Smith

Vice President of Revenue Management, First Hospitality Group

Jenna Smith has been a part of First Hospitality Group for more than a decade. Starting as a guest services representative in 2004 at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor North. Ms. Smith has been on a fast track moving up through the company ever since. Having served in a wide variety of positions from sales roles to general manager, Ms. Smith ultimately was elevated to a regional revenue management position before assuming her current position as vice president of revenue management. With a predictive index analyst certification, she is responsible for the delivery of hotel revenue management support for multiple brands and leadership of regional support team, as well as development and execution of effective strategies to achieve market share growth. Over the course of her tenure with First Hospitality Group, she has worked tirelessly on our behalf and our investors. With the state of our industry constantly changing and evolving, Ms. Smith ensures that First Hospitality Group has a voice in the growth and development of all the brands that we manage. An expert in managing high volume demand and well versed in understanding both short and long-term goals, Ms. Smith graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and previously served as a mentor at DePaul University’s School of Hospitality Management. First Hospitality Group, headquartered in Chicago, operates hotels of every type and size, from historic rehabs to urban markets. Their strength lies in market knowledge and creating a training culture where one can work smart to succeed and have fun.

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Ms. Smith can be contacted at 214-855-6000 or jsmith@fhginc.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.