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Mr. Lafferty

Daniel Lafferty

Director of Music & Voice, PHMG

Daniel Lafferty is Director of Music and Voice at PHMG, the world's largest audio branding agency with more than 32,000 clients in 39 countries.

Mr. Lafferty has been with the company since 2010, helping businesses across the globe to harness the full potential of audio branding.

Drawing on his extensive background in music, psychoacoustics and the influence of sound on human behaviour, Mr. Lafferty leads finely-tuned bespoke music and voice workshops with organizations, enabling them to understand and explore all of the elements of their brand to create a unique Brand-Sound-Track™ - the exclusive piece of music that encapsulates their company's identity.

Mr. Lafferty looks after the creative talent at PHMG, providing strategic and artistic direction to composers, producers, engineers, voiceover artists and copywriters, to ensure the seamless implementation of a client's new audio branding service.

By developing relationships with world-leading composers and voice artists, he continues to develop and enhance the roster of creative talent at PHMG.

Over the last five years, Mr. Lafferty 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. He most recently climbed Snowdon and also took part in an unusual charity challenge banning him from using the lifts at PHMG's twelfth-floor Manchester office - a distance equal to 7 times the Empire State Building.

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

Mr. Lafferty can be contacted at +44 (0) 161-877-2253 or daniel.lafferty@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.