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Ms. DeOrsey

Kimberly DeOrsey

Spa & Fitness Director, Omphoy Resort

Kimberly DeOrsey spa career began in 1992 as an Intern at PGA National Resort & Spa, one of the pioneer Resort Spa’s in the Country. She worked with the opening-management team for The Spa at PGA National (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida). Based on her accomplishments and reputation, Ms. DeOrsey was recently recruited as Spa Director for the 2012 US Resort Spa Ranked Number One Best by Condé Nast Traveler Readers, The Spa at The Omphoy in Palm Beach, FL. Other prior career accomplishments include spa leadership positions at a couple of other prestigious Resorts and Spas across the country: • Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Boca Raton, Florida) • The Spa At The Atlantic Hotel ( Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) • The Spa at The Tesoro Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida) • The Spa at International Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) • The Spa at Mar-A-Lago Club (Palm Beach, Florida) • The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa (Dana Point, California) • Westin Diplomat Country Club & Spa (Hollywood, Florida) • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa (Farmington, Pennsylvania) Ms. DeOrsey is a highly sought after and respected spa director due to her unusual combination of talents and accomplishments. Behind her elegant and stunning, bright-eyed, personable exterior is a deeply caring, intuitive, versatile and visionary spa leader. She is admired for her commitment to integrating cutting-edge holistic treatments into the spa environment, for always putting the guests first, ensuring exceptional guest experiences and repeat clients along with an unrelenting commitment to profitability. In addition to her hands-on leadership, Ms. DeOrsey has served as consultant to hotel companies. She also served on the Starwood North American Spa Counsel and provided Spa Advisory Task Force efforts for hotel companies. Ms. DeOrsey is a graduate of Central Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree is Commercial Recreation and Facility Management, and a Minor in Advertisement. She is a 15-year member of ISPA.

Ms. DeOrsey can be contacted at 561-585-8116 or kdeorsey@omphoy.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.