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Mr. Garrett

Derrick Garrett

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Roundhouse Multimedia

Derrick Garrett, founder and CEO of Roundhouse Multimedia, transform brands one sound and one song at time. He has honed years of music production experience in establishing a global Music Architecture™ firm that uses a patented process to establish unique brand affinity and consumer loyalty.

His proprietary Music Architecture concept takes a strategic, skilled approach - always shaped around clients’ objectives - and programs every space with sound-specific matches that tie to the DNA of the brand. This creates a deeper connection and memorable experience; reinforcing positive engagement between consumers and branded environments.

Mr. Garrett programs the sound for a space the same way the architect looks at design of that very space. With Music Architecture™ the sound is designed to fit a space in the same way the artwork does, going far beyond curating playlists. All aspects of the environment have to reflect the essence of the brand.

Mr. Garrett is an innovator in the music/sound space, as well as the hospitality industry. He has brought an unparalleled approach, recognizing that sound is the most underutilized of the five senses in hotels. His innovations include the first-ever hotel CD with original music, then a branded hotel radio channel. Roundhouse clients include Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Banyan Tree, Blue Diamond Resorts and Baha Mar, to name a few.

Previously Mr. Garrett was a successful audio engineer and producer for artists such as K-Ci & JoJo, Bobby Brown, Vanessa Williams, and Elvis Costello. It’s his deep musical roots that led him to giving serious thought to what people listen to and how they listen to it. His musical expertise is a combination of passion and precision; the sounds he curates resonate with people and drive brand loyalty. His approach is a mix of creativity and strategy; a careful combination of who the brand is and who they want to attract.

Mr. Garrett can be contacted at 203-489-5035 or dgarrett@roundhousemultimedia.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.