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Mr. Reagoso

Edward Reagoso

General Manager, The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Edward Reagoso is a member of the ownership as well as the General Manager of The Wilshire Grand Hotel - a boutique hotel in West Orange, NJ. The Wilshire Grand Hotel boasts more than twenty thousand square feet of upscale banquet space, a complimentary full breakfast, state of the art WIFI and VOIP. The hotel also serves as home to the Zagat-Rated Primavera Restaurant & Bar, American Yoga Academy, and Jason Craig Entertainment, allowing clients one-stop shopping during their stay. Mr. Reagoso’s interpersonal and managing skills were developed early in his career as an assistant manager for Omni Hotels in what was their “Classic” Division in their early years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Princeton, New Jersey. Having gained invaluable experience of a proficient systems & controls execution, Mr. Reagoso switched gears and went to work Prime Hospitality, knowing they were a sales- driven company that would teach him the sales process. With Mr. Reagoso's next opportunity came the promise of experience in brand change, conversion, and his first chance at multi-unit management including brands such as Sheraton, Courtyard, Holiday Inn, and three boutique projects that led him to Gettysburg, Philadelphia (where he was born & raised) and Wilmington, Delaware. It also presented him the opportunity to meet with hotel customers again and work directly with private owners. From this point until his tenure at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, Mr. Reagoso served as Regional Manager of Operations for Innkeepers Hospitality working with brands such as Residence Inn, Hampton, & Courtyard, and as Regional Vice President for Prime Hospitality with the AmeriSuites and Wellesley brands. Mr. Reagoso decided in 2007 to join the ownership in West Orange, New Jersey and has been building his business enjoying life while breaking records.

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

Mr. Reagoso can be contacted at 862-252-8440 or er@thewilshiregrandhotel.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.