Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Coyle

Jim Coyle

Founder & President, Coyle Hospitality Group

Jim Coyle founded Coyle Hospitality Group, a market leader providing mystery shopping, quality assurance, and market research services exclusively to the hospitality industry since 1996. Mr. Coyle has acted as the president of the company since inception and has developed over 200 quality/brand measurement programs for leading hospitality companies worldwide. Mr. Coyle has also developed Qore, the first fully customizable online mystery shopping database platform designed specifically for the unique demands of the hospitality industry. With extensive and continued client collaboration, he continues to develop Coyle’s applications and programs, ensuring that clients get the most effective management tools to measure the complete guest experience. Prior to founding Coyle Hospitality Group, Mr. Coyle began his career as an executive chef and then as a Food & Beverage Director with Prime Hospitality. He then took a Financial Controller’s position with Metromedia Hotels, where he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director and then Catering Director at the New York City Empire Hotel. Mr. Coyle oversaw the final renovation and opening of the West 63rd Street Steakhouse in 1994. In addition to his commitment to the hospitality industry, Mr. Coyle serves on the board of YMCA Camp Combe. He is involved in the strong kids program, which helps underprivileged kids access a rural camping experience. Coyle Hospitality Group also supports other charitable organizations including those for Crohns and Leukemia/Lymphoma. Mr. Coyle graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and currently lives in Mahopac, New York with his his wife and two children.

Mr. Coyle can be contacted at 800-891-9292 or jcoyle@coylehospitality.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.