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Ms. Silverman

Marjorie Silverman

Honorary President, UICH, Les Clefs d'Or

Marjorie Silverman excelled in the concierge industry for 25 years and now serves as a Consultant, Meeting Planner and Lecturer. She was the Chef Concierge of Hotel InterContinental Chicago, and was the first female and first American to serve as President of Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels, Les Clefs d'Or. Les Clefs d'Or is the prestigious international association of concierges, headquartered in Paris, France which groups 40 member countries under its umbrella. The 3500 members transcend global politics and join forces to promote tourism worldwide. Ms. Silverman has been a dedicated concierge professional since she began her career at the Westin Hotel Chicago in 1980. After ten distinguished years at the Westin Hotel Chicago, she joined Hotel InterContinental as Chef Concierge and was employed there for 15 years. Due to her competence and mastery of the Concierge Department, she was sent by Westin to help open the Westin O'Hare as well as the Westin in Washington, DC. Further, when the Plaza Hotel in New York City belonged to the Westin Hotel chain, she was sent to improve the delivery of concierge services. In addition to her job duties, Ms. Silverman was active in several concierge organizations. She was a founding member of the Chicago Hotel Concierge Association as well as an early member of Les Clefs d'Or USA and has seen the organization grow from 28 members to more than 500. She has held every office in Les Clefs d'Or USA and after the completion of her presidency in1990, she served as Advisor to the Board of Directors until August, 2007. Under her leadership as Director of Development of Les Clefs d'Or in the Americas, Mexico and Brazil were accepted as Les Clefs d'Or member sections. Ms. Silverman is skilled at teaching about the profession. She taught at the International Concierge Institute in Montreal and Fort Lauderdale as well as conducting seminars for concierge professionals in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, China, Jamaica and Anguilla. She recently conducted a seminar in Warsaw, Poland with Holly Stiel, a noted hotel consultant, author and lecturer. Ms. Silverman serves the international Les Clefs d'Or as an Honorary President, member of Le Conseil des Sages, whose function is to advise and safeguard the statutes and ideals of the Association. Les Clefs d'Or USA has honored Ms. Silverman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and has dedicated a scholarship in her name, The Marjorie Silverman Education Fund.

Ms. Silverman can be contacted at 773-248-7462 or marjoriesilverman@mac.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.