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Ms. Uber

Liz Uber

Vice President of Revenue Management, Pillar Hotels & Resorts

Liz Uber currently serves as Vice President of Revenue Management for Pillar Hotels & Resorts. She leads the corporate revenue management team, and is responsible for identifying and implementing strategies that maximize revenue, while focusing on improvements in market share. Ms. Uber joined Pillar Hotels & Resorts in 2005 as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn - Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia. She was later promoted to area roles with the company, including the Area Director of Sales, and Area Director of Operations positions. In 2010, she joined the revenue management team to further develop the department for greater performance and growth opportunities. In 2012, her team received Marriott’s award for Revenue Management Team of the Year - Western Division. Prior to joining Pillar Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Uber held positions as Area Director of Revenue Management, and General Manager with Meyer Jabara Hotels in Southern Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland. She was also Director of Sales & Marketing, and then General Manager for a nationally recognized historic hotel in New England for two years. Ms. Uber started her career in the hospitality industry with Bristol Hotels & Resorts, serving in several different management positions, including Human Resources Manager, Director of Housekeeping, Front Office Manager, and Sales Manager. Ms. Uber is involved in a variety of charitable organizations, both independently and through work. She is especially involved in supporting Special Olympics, which is the designated charity adopted by Pillar Hotels & Resorts. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and remains active in her school’s alumni network.

Ms. Uber can be contacted at 972-830-3100 or Elizabeth.Uber@pillarhotels.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.