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Mr. Williamson

Mark Williamson

CEO, PHMG

Mark Williamson is CEO of PHMG, a world-leading, award-winning audio branding agency with more than 32,000 clients in 39 countries. 

Mr Williamson has been with the company since 2004, working with clients across the globe to develop their unique sound strategy. Originally Sales and Marketing Director in the UK, he draws on 20 years of experience to advice businesses in every sector on the best way to incorporate audio into their wider marketing strategy - ensuring companies sound every bit as good as they look through music composition, voice artistry and creative scriptwriting. 

Mr Williamson was integral in the company's expansion into the USA, helping to open the organization's North American headquarters in Chicago in 2016. As well as the UK and US, he has also helped build a presence for PHMG in Canada, Singapore and Australia. 

Over the last five years, Mr Williamson has been fundraising for PHMG's charitable arm, the PHMG Foundation, helping to raise almost $370,000 for almost 70 different organizations around the world. His latest activity was a gruelling 798-step tower climb, raising $5,616 for in the process.

Please visit www.phmg.com for more information.

Mr. Williamson can be contacted at 0800 408 1451 or mark.williamson@phmg.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.