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Mr. Cobb

Lucas Cobb

VP, Integrated Planning, MMGY Global

Lucas Cobb currently leads the Account Planning practice with MMGY Global. MMGY, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is an integrated marketing firm with a 30-year history of providing objective driven advertising, online marketing, web and mobile asset development, social program management, CRM, and brand design services to travel industry clients. In this role he is in charge of translating MMGY’s insights garnered from market research and core client goals into hyper-targeted, measureable multi-channel campaign strategies. Prior to becoming the VP, Integrated Planning Mr. Cobb ran the interactive account management team and also acted as lead product strategist for MMGY’s mobile offerings. Mr. Cobb has been with MMGY for 3 years. In this time he has led the planning and implementation of projects for Barbados Tourism Authority, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, KSL Resorts, Silversea Cruises, and many others. From 2004 to 2009 Mr. Cobb was with another Kansas City firm, Barkley. At Barkley he was responsible for management and oversight of the agencies project management office that consisted of staff responsible for the execution of project assignments across on and offline mediums. He and his team worked on accounts ranging from Sonic Drive-in to Build-A-Bear Workshop and Pennsylvania Tourism. In the mid 1990s through the early 2000s Mr. Cobb worked as and Interactive Marketing Director, a web designer / developer and also ran his own interactive and direct marketing consulting practice. This background in early website development, ecommerce, traditional advertising and direct marketing coupled with his experiences implementing campaigns across such media has enabled Mr. Cobb to approach client opportunities without channel bias. Instead, he looks at every opportunity through a lens formed from quantifiable statistics and goal oriented thinking. Because, in the end, true success can only be achieved when strategy, implementation and measurement work in harmony. Mr. Cobb is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism with emphasis in professional writing.

Mr. Cobb can be contacted at 816-300-5169 or lcobb@mmgyglobal.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.