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Ms. Viadero

Vanessa Viadero

Director of Marketing, Turnberry Isle Miami

Vanessa Viadero is a hospitality marketing executive with more than 6 years of experience in digital marketing, communications and brand strategy. Her brand roster includes Fontainebleau, three AAA Four-Diamond Restaurants: Scarpetta, Hakkasan, Gotham Steak and sbe's portfolio of hotel and restaurant brands: SLS, The Raleigh, The Redbury, The Townhouse, Bazaar by Jose Andres, Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz, Katusya, Cleo, K Ramen, The Restaurant at the Raleigh and Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails.

After starting her career in Public Relations, Ms. Viadero quickly found her niche in Hospitality Marketing.

Throughout her four-year tenure at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Ms. Viadero held various leadership positions, guiding the overall marketing strategy and overseeing two new restaurant concept launches: Michael Mina 74 and StripSteak by Michael Mina. Her digital marketing initiatives, strategic implementation of the resort's custom website and CRM platform garnered significant attention awarding her the title of Team Member of the Year in 2013.

Most recently, Ms. Viadero served as the Regional Director of Marketing for sbe's Miami Region overseeing five hotels and seven restaurant brands with a focus on the strategy and execution of their marketing and public relations initiatives aimed at driving direct revenue and increasing brand awareness.

Ms. Viadero earned a Masters' Degree from Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing from Barry University. She currently serves on Barry University's Young Alumni Committee and is an active booster to the Women's Rowing Team.

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

Ms. Viadero can be contacted at 786-279-6533 or vviadero@turnberry.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.