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Ms. Merbach

Sherri Merbach

Managing Director, C-Suite Analytics

Sherri Merbach has extensive experience providing organizational development, executive coaching, leadership development, and consulting services. Ms. Merbach is a change agent creating a sustainable bottom-line impact. She brings her high degree of personal effectiveness plus her accumulated skills and experiences to clients. Known for her ability to connect with both CEOs, leaders at all levels, and front-line employees, Ms. Merbach brings three distinct credentials to her clients. Ms. Merbach is a business executive first, having earned her CPA designation while working with a top-5 global accounting firm and subsequently earning her MBA degree. She then made the non-traditional leap from accounting to human resources with the renowned human resources team at Walt Disney World, training executives at the acclaimed Disney Institute and solving complex organizational development issues across Disney’s parks and resorts. Career three leveraged Ms. Merbach’s business and consulting experiences where she was an executive leader for sales recruiting and training teams at several leading vacation ownership organizations. She delivers results by leveraging her business-driven skills. For her clients, Ms. Merbach has conducted hundreds of management work sessions, retreats, and coaching sessions with an emphasis on improving employee retention and engagement along with strategic planning, performance management, organizational effectiveness, succession planning, team building, and leadership development. She has designed and implemented leadership, customer service, and sales training programs. Ms. Merbach has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She successfully passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in Organizational Behavior, Management, and Accounting from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Please visit http://www.c-suiteanalytics.com for more information.

Ms. Merbach can be contacted at 407-948-0321 or smerbach@c-suiteanalytics.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.