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Mr. Hazinski

Thomas Hazinski

Managing Director, HVS Facililties Consulting

Thomas A. Hazinski is the Managing Director of HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting in Chicago, Illinois. His consulting practice is dedicated to the market and financial analysis of public assembly facilities, including convention and conference centers, headquarters hotels, sports and event facilities, performing arts venues, tourism attractions, mixed-use developments, and other development initiatives.

Mr. Hazinski has over 25 years of experience in the public policy arena, as both a public official and a consultant. He specializes in providing economic and financial research to public agencies involved in economic development initiatives. Before starting his consulting career, Mr. Hazinski served in several positions for the City of Chicago, including assistant budget director. In this capacity, he managed the City’s revenue analysis unit and was responsible for project revenue estimation, legislative review, and fiscal impact analyses. Mr. Hazinski holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Mr. Hazinski has managed over 400 assignments related to the analysis of public assembly facilities and is a widely published industry leader. He is a leading expert on public/private partnerships in hotel development. Tom has helped his clients successfully develop public facilities projects in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, New York City, Nashville, Baltimore, Raleigh, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, and many other US markets-large and small. His extensive international experience includes hospitality and mixed-use projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Hazinski has taught a class at Roosevelt University in Chicago on the feasibility study of hospitality and tourism assets.


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

Mr. Hazinski can be contacted at 312-587-9900 x11 or thazinski@hvs.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.