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Mr. Hale

Scott Hale

Chief Experience Officer, Brand New Stay

Scott Hale is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of Brand New Stay®; a company specializing in redefining, reimagining and reinventing hospitality venues and the guest experience. Mr. Hale began his career in hospitality overseeing resorts in Kissimmee and Long Key, FL for the Company Operated Properties division of the largest camping brand in the business. Mr. Hale also served as the Director of Inns and Resorts for a prominent Northwest management company, overseeing exceptional properties in breathtaking locations. At Brand New Stay®, the passion is new. New projects, new ideas, new interpretations, new ways to enhance the guest experience and new ways to get things done. From unique outdoor lodgings to distinctive boutique hotels, Brand New Stay® creates authentic, effortless and inspiring experiences that are: local, socially responsible, eco-sensitive and historically mindful.

Currently, Mr. Hale and Brand New Stay® support an iconic waterfront Inn in Friday Harbor, WA. Mr. Hale also founded LEANTO® which helps adventurous guests enjoy unique Luxury Camping experiences in the Northwest. LEANTO® glamping on Orcas Island launched in 2015 and, in addition to receiving wonderful guest feedback, has received plenty of attention from the press. LEANTO® has been mentioned or featured in The Seattle Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine, and Yahoo! Travel.

Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the State University of New York and a Certificate in Strategic Hospitality Management from Cornell University. A tireless outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Hale enjoys glamping, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and, of course, exploring new places.

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

Mr. Hale can be contacted at 877-589-3226 or hello@brandnewstay.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.