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Ms. Borgman

Peggy Borgman

President, Preston Wynne, Inc.

Peggy Wynne Borgman is CEO of Preston Wynne, Inc., which was founded in 1984 and currently operates two spa facilities, one a luxury day spa and the other a hotel spa, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today the company employs 60+ bodyworkers, estheticians, nail technicians, spa concierges, housekeepers, and managers. Ms. Borgman is also principal consultant and seminar leader for Preston Wynne's business-to-business division, which has offered consulting and training services to the spa industry since 1994. Clients of the B2B division have included Hyatt Hotels, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, the Peninsula Group, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spas, East West College of the Healing Arts and Gold's Gym. The author of the consumer title Four Seasons of Inner and Outer Beauty: Spa Rituals for Well-Being, from Random House, Ms. Borgman is also a frequent contributor to spa industry magazines and a highly-rated speaker for trade events such as ISPA, IESC and the American Spa Expo. Her commentary on the spa industry has been featured in USA Today and Time magazine. She is a member of the board of directors for Next Door Solutions, a domestic violence agency in Santa Clara, California, where she works to put the healing and fundraising resources of spas to work in aiding victims of domestic abuse.

Ms. Borgman can be contacted at (408) 741-1750 ext 30 or pwb@prestonwynne.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.