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Mr. Dyer

Andrew Dyer

Vice President of Global Supply, Egencia

Andrew Dyer is Vice President of Global Supply - Lodging at Egencia, where he is responsible for leading Egencia's supplier relations group and overseeing lodging, media, consulting and insurance. Mr. Dyer has been with Expedia, Inc. since 2006, previously serving as Senior Director, Legal where he was the primary legal counsel for Expedia Global Tour & Transport Group.

Prior to that, Mr. Dyer served as Director of Strategy & Business Development for Expedia's Lodging Partner Services group, where he helped lead the development and launch of the Expedia Traveler Preference program. Earlier in his career at Expedia, Mr. Dyer was Corporate Counsel, Expedia Legal & Corporate Affairs, where he supported Egencia and the Expedia Lodging Partner Services group.

Prior to joining Expedia in 2006, Mr. Dyer was an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and holds an MACD in Commercial Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Mr. Dyer is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Please visit https://www.egencia.com/public/us/ for more information.

Mr. Dyer can be contacted at 866-816-3534 or adyer@expedia.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.