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Ms. Bauer

Pam Bauer

Director Brand Development & Marketing, Callaway Resort & Gardens

As Director of Brand Development and Marketing, Pam Bauer serves as the Callaway Resort & Gardens' brand champion, setting the marketing and guest engagement strategy to further property's mission to, "Connect People and Nature in a way that benefits both".

An accomplished marketing and customer experience operations professional with proven success in start-up, turn-around and process improvement, Ms. Bauer brings passion and enthusiasm on her subject matter as well as expertise in brand development cultural initiatives, customer experiences, motivational speaking, customer journey mapping, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Team at Callaway Resort & Gardens, Ms. Bauer founded elevateXP in 2013, a boutique customer experience (CX) design consulting firm based on her belief that "If the experience is not by design, you're leaving it to default." Ms. Bauer is a proud Marketing and Management double major graduate of Mercer University's Stetson School of Business & Economics and a graduate of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program. Ms. Bauer also holds “Leadership in Service Excellence” certification from Cornell University and attended the International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care. 

For more than 65 years, Callaway Resort & Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway includes a garden and resort on thousands of acres in the rolling Appalachian foothills of Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and special events throughout the year, including one of National Geographic's top holiday light shows in the Nation, Fantasy In Lights.

 


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

Ms. Bauer can be contacted at 706-663-6804 or pbauer@callawaygardens.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.