Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Taylor

Megan (Sterritt) Taylor

Marketing & Public Relations Consultant, KWE Partners

Megan (Sterritt) Taylor has spent close to 15 years involved in all aspects of high-level marketing and public relations, ranging from strategic positioning, crisis communications and creative services to managing luxury hospitality and lifestyle accounts, social media marketing, events and promotions. As the Director of Public Relations at both boutique agencies and within hotels, she’s directed a wide-range of programs in the lifestyle and hospitality sectors.

Throughout her career, clients have varied from high-end furniture company Adriana Hoyos and renowned yacht brand Ferretti to high profile resorts, including Boca Raton Resort & Club (Florida), El San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Four Seasons Hotel Miami, and collections like the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resorts (Mexico) and Spain’s OD Hotels. Ms. Taylor has organized and executed social media initiatives, including a food bloggers camp and the first remote #TNI tweetups, featured in leading hospitality and public relations journals for their success in generating “buzz” and traffic to client websites as well as over $60,000 in direct sales.

She has received numerous distinctions in Travel + Leisure’s Social Media in Travel and Tourism Industry Awards and HOTELS Magazine’s Social Hotels Awards. Ms. Taylor graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication with a double major in Public Relations and Psychology and a minor in Marketing.

After 15 years in South Florida, Ms. Taylor recently moved to Orlando where she lives with her husband and rescue dog Birdie. For fun, she likes to travel - more often than not - to somewhere she has never been before.


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

Ms. Taylor can be contacted at 786-247-4812 or sterritt@kwepr.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.