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Mr. Talley

Gregg H. Talley

President & CEO, Talley Management Group, Inc.

Gregg H. Talley, CAE, President & CEO, has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 28 years within the Association/Event Management Industry. Prior to founding TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. (TMG), Mr. Talley worked in a Convention Bureau and for a hotel development company. In 1985, he switched to the management side with an association management firm. In 1987 he founded TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. with his partner and father Robert K. Talley. Since inception TMG has grown to over 40 national and international clients, the majority of which are in healthcare. TMG provides full association management services, strategic facilitation, consulting and a host of contract services. With offices in Southern New Jersey and Washington, DC TMG has 60+ full time professionals. With a degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in international relations, Mr. Talley has utilized those skills to plan international events both inbound and outbound. Overseas, he and his team have managed events in Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Mexico City and throughout Europe including the UK, Portugal, Hungary and Germany. Throughout his career Mr. Talley has been involved in a number of different industries and their events including: healthcare, sciences, communications and information technology. He has strategically managed a number of organizations in his capacity with association management firms including start-ups, small specialty societies and large, multi million dollar organizations. Mr. Talley has personally managed the largest convention event in North America, the 50,000+ attendee International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. A recognized professional in the field, Mr. Talley speaks and writes regularly on issues within association and event management including: the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Convene Magazine, Facilities Magazine, Association Meetings Magazine among others. He is Past National Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Currently, Mr. Talley serves as the Treasurer of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation and of the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI), the trade association for AMCs. He is also the Chief Strategy Executive for the Convention Industry Council, a TMG client. Mr. Talley gained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999. In April, 2011 Mr. Talley was awarded PCMA’s 2011 Professional Achievement Award as this year’s Meeting Professional Honoree.

Mr. Talley can be contacted at 856-423-7222 or gtalley@conventionindustrycouncil.org

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.