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Mr. Pinchuk

Steven Pinchuk

Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management, IBM

Steven Pinchuk is Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management for IBM. NBA creates personalized 1 to 1 customer triggered interactions and is used by major banks, telecoms, insurance and retailers. IBM’s SME for WW Revenue Management practice building revenue management and dynamic pricing systems that are customer centric. Mr. Pinchuk has worked inside the best customer centric companies and consulting companies and has approached this growth area from both sides of the equation with the market leaders. Mr. Pinchuk's past positions have included President of Profit Optimization Strategies; SVP Resort Profitability for Westgate Resorts; VP, Profit Optimization Systems, for SAS software (SAS is the leader in business intelligence and predictive analytics software) ;Corporate VP of RM & Distribution for Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest Casino Hotel Company with annual revenues of $20 billion USD. Mr. Pinchuk also held Director and Vice President positions at top travel companies including Princess Cruises, Club Med and American Airlines. He held Director & VP level travel consulting positions at SABRE, PROS, and OPUS2. Mr. Pinchuk was an economic advisor to a senior US Senator who ran for President and held a Top Secret security clearance with Martin Marietta Aerospace while working on long-range defense, NASA and intelligence projects. He has multi industry international experience in RM & marketing with tour operators, resorts, hotels, rental cars, ferries, airlines, casinos, excursion companies & Broadway theaters in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Mr. Pinchuk attended Phillips Andover Academy, entered Brandeis University as a sophomore and received an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado. He has been on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management since its beginning; was chosen for a RM Advisory Board at Cornell University in both Ithaca and Singapore; chaired all of the annual RM conferences in the US, Europe and Asia for EyeforTravel. In his spare time Mr. Pinchuk is an amateur photographer and an avid scuba diver with a Master Instructor Scuba License.

Mr. Pinchuk can be contacted at 407-516-5447 or spinchuk@us.ibm.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.