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Mr. Billings

Brandon Billings

Vice President of Social Media & Content Strategy, NJF an MMGY Global Company

Brandon Billings and his teams develop social campaigns across owned, earned and paid channels for a variety of destinations, hotels and travel-related brands. As VP of Social Media & Content Strategy for NJF, an MMGY Global company, Mr. Billings makes sure these campaigns are transformative and drive honest engagement while aligning with client metrics.

Mr. Billings's 20 years of industry experience include award-winning work for McDonald's, Gold's Gym, MetLife, Wonder Bread, Princess Cruises, Radisson Hotels, VisitKC, South Dakato Tourism and the Kansas City Chiefs. Numerous Adrian Awards, Webby Awards and Web Marketing Association Awards include his name. Mr. Billings has spent time on both the client and advertising agency side. He led digital for VisitKC the first part of his career. On the advertising agency side, he has directed social teams at leading retail and tourism agencies throughout his career. One of Mr. Billings's proudest accomplishments was helping reshape his hometown of Kansas City into a top-tier destination rooted in arts and culture. He also led social efforts to relaunch the iconic Hostess Snacks brand to a new generation.

Outside the office, Mr. Billings has a passion for traveling with his family. He and his wife have two daughters, and each summer they plan their annual getaway. You can follow him on Twitter @bbillingskc.

MMGY Global is the world's largest integrated marketing company specializing in the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries. With nearly 40 years of experience within the industry, we offer services across all marketing channels in multiple markets throughout the world. Today, MMGY represents six brands with one goal: to inspire people to go places.

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

Mr. Billings can be contacted at 816-300-5191 or bbillings@njfpr.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.