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Mr. Patterson

Robert Patterson

Vice President of Content & Social Strategy, MMGY Global

Robert Patterson is the Vice President of Content & Social Strategy at MMGY Global, the largest integrated travel marketing firm in the world. MMGY, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has over 35 years of travel marketing experience providing research-driven advertising, branding, online marketing, web and mobile development, social media, CRM, and public relations services to travel industry clients. Having founded MMGY’s social media department in 2009, Mr. Patterson has spearheaded successful social media strategies for clients including the Colorado Tourism Office, Barbados Tourism Authority and Trump Hotel Collection. Prior to becoming the VP, Content & Social Strategy, Mr. Patterson ran the web analytics department of MMGY where he also provided search engine optimization strategy. With over a decade of travel, tourism and hospitality marketing experience, Mr. Patterson is a skilled practitioner in public relations, web development, search engine marketing and online media. Prior to joining MMGY Global, Mr. Patterson led online strategy for the online travel agency BookIt.com. MMGY Global’s social media work has been awarded some of the industry’s top awards, including HSAMI Adrian Awards, Travel+Leisure’s SMITTY and HOTELS Magazine’s Best Use of Twitter Award. Mr. Patterson is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and holds a bachelors degree in public relations and journalism.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 816-300-5249 or rpatterson@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.