Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Allender

Robert Allender

Founder, Energy Resources Management

Robert Allender is adviser to the hotel industry on energy management excellence, a role he been filling since 1992. These over 20 years of advising boards, senior management, and aspiring hotel owners on the part that energy management excellence can play in their fortunes has resulted in Mr. Allender becoming one of Asia’s most well regarded energy management experts and sustainability thought-leaders. His company, Energy Resources Management has developed proprietary tools which allow clients to extract maximum value from every dollar they spend on energy, and to move beyond thinking of energy as a cost to be minimized and instead treating it as a resource to be managed. As a former hotelier (six years with Westin back in the days when it was Western International Hotels) and the first Australian to graduate from the Hotel School at Cornell) Mr. Allender has been able to tailor services that deliver exactly what a specific hotel needs by incorporating each hotel’s unique technological, financial, operational, contractual, and managerial profile. Leading his company’s drive into an expanding suite of services including sophisticated hotel-industry-specific energy management maturity assessments, energy management road-map creation, and tools to turn energy management excellence into a brand asset, Mr. Allender’s work has resulted in clients producing tens of millions of dollars of fresh profit and brand value. Mr. Allender contributed a number of entries to the International Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management, edited by A Pizam and published by Elsevier, and later to the similarly arranged International Dictionary of Hospitality Management. He has also taught the Macquarie Graduate School of Management masters degree course on Hospitality Property and Facilities Management.

Please visit http://www.hotel-energy.com for more information.

Mr. Allender can be contacted at 852-2528-2285 or allender@hotel-energy.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.