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Mr. Stein

Dori Stein

Chief Executive Officer, Fornova

Dori Stein is an entrepreneur at heart. He thrives on building innovative organizations that apply leading-edge technologies to solve real world problems in new and exciting ways.

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Fornova, a company that is in pursuit of applying its patented visual web-scanning technologies, to solve the challenges in hotel distribution.

True to his Israeli roots, a country that has been dubbed the ‘Startup Nation', Mr. Stein embraces the startups-world wholeheartedly. He began his first foray into the world of startups with SMBS, a venture that delivered an eCommerce solution to the diamond industry. The company was successfully sold in 2009.

Mr. Stein then moved on to bootstrap GoldenFeeds, another eCommerce technology startup, only this time it was solving the problems and creating new opportunities for the retail industry. His journey with GoldenFeeds eventually led him to encounter the challenges in the world of Hotel Distribution. Mr. Stein then founded Fornova, a second venture with the team behind GoldenFeeds, to focus on developing technology solutions for hospitality providers and resellers.

Mr. Stein continues to be an active member in the Israeli startup community, offering support, advice to and in turn learning from other innovative enterprises. He is easily excited by the challenges of pace-of-change and loves nothing more than to see and make things happen.

 Mr. Stein moved to London, from Israel, seven years ago, where he now lives with his wife and a young son. He holds a degree in accountancy and law.

 


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

Mr. Stein can be contacted at 44-20-7952-2365 or dori@fornova.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.