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Mr. Simon

Jared Simon

Chief Operating Officer, HotelTonight

Jared Simon is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of HotelTonight, the world’s first made-for-mobile hotel booking app. Famous for giving users the ability to book a hotel in less than ten seconds and four taps, HotelTonight offers the best pricing for last minute deals at top hotels vetted personally by HotelTonight staff and is available for free in the Apple App Store and Android Market. At HotelTonight, Mr. Simon manages all hotel relations as well as customer support and all back-end operations and is proud to be part of the team that is making the world a bit more spontaneous. Prior to HotelTonight, Mr. Simon led partner development and served on the founding executive team at online video production and distribution pioneer TurnHere, with clients such as Intercontinental Hotels, Orbitz and Travelocity. Mr. Simon’s career in the travel industry began in corporate development at Budget Group, which at the time owned and operated the Budget car rental chain in addition to other top vehicle rental brands. From there, Mr. Simon joined online travel agency Orbitz, serving on the launch team for the hotel product and eventually taking over as General Manager of the company’s Lodging.com brand. During his time at Orbitz, Mr. Simon developed hundreds of relationships with independent hotels as well as serving as Orbitz’s chief negotiator on several chain and connectivity deals. He began his career as an investment banker at Wall Street firm CS First Boston (now Credit Suisse.) Mr. Simon has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Please visit http://www.hoteltonight.com for more information.

Mr. Simon can be contacted at 800-208-2949 or jared@hoteltonight.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.