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Ms. Tristano

Jodie Tristano

Business Development Manager, Technomic, Inc

Jodie Tristano currently serves as Business Development Manager at Technomic, Inc., a Chicago-based research and consulting firm that focuses on food and foodservice. Technomic provides industry intelligence, forecasts, data and training support to operators, manufacturers, distributors and others allied to the field. Ms. Tristano brings more than 20 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing within the hotel, resort and convention industry. During her career, she has represented many prominent brands including Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Westin/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Benchmark Hospitality International. More recently, Ms. Tristano served as Account Services Director, Convention Sales and Marketing for McCormick Place in Chicago, the largest convention center in the United States. With broad industry capability, Ms. Tristano has managed all group market segments including corporate, association, government and social, earning top sales performance awards with both Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Ms. Tristano spearheads Technomic’s growth initiatives in the Lodging Industry through her efforts in developing the Global Lodging Practice encompassing consumer, industry and market research reports and services. Technomic’s Lodging Practice provides clients with a wide range of consulting services such as operational audits, strategic planning, and concept development and positioning; consumer studies on topics including hotel food and beverage consumption, brand preferences, amenity importance and campaign effectiveness; and online resources that track and measure company performance, menu development and more. Holding a degree in Hospitality Management, Ms. Tristano is an active industry leader, having served on many committees with prominent organizations including the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Ms. Tristano can be contacted at 708-205-1427 or jtristano@technomic.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.