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Mr. Wilson

Don Wilson

Senior Vice President, Maxim Revenue Management Solutions

Don Wilson is Senior Vice President of Maxim Revenue Management Solutions. Mr. Wilson is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience leading high-tech consulting and software development companies, specializing in profit optimization, pricing and revenue management. He is a recognized leader in driving innovative revenue management applications to new industries and has helped propel many companies to leadership positions in their fields. Mr. Wilson has repeatedly led the development, application, and communication of innovative predictive analytic techniques to solve the most challenging business problems. His strengths lie in the ability to identify emerging issues, define and apply appropriate effective solutions, and coordinate the teams to deliver the results. Throughout his career, he has provided innovative solutions that combine the best available management science, advanced software development practices, and strong business/financial fundamentals. In a wide range of industries and companies, Mr. Wilson has driven the business process re-engineering efforts and been instrumental in helping people and organizations through the changes. His teams have carefully analyzed current needs and systems, designed new practices and systems to match the business needs, and directed process and organizational changes necessary to successfully integrate these new systems and tools. Mr. Wilson’s particular knack for simple, low-tech approaches have helped many struggling companies gain immediate advantage, either through significant cost reductions or immediate revenue gains. These quick hits have often made further development projects self-funding, allowing initial wins to provide the value and momentum to carry through the entire program. Wilson also emphasizes the importance of clear communication during the process, starting with a cogent communication plan and continuing throughout. He has developed, written and published numerous pricing and revenue management articles, newsletters, workshops and presentations. For MaximRMS, the leading provider of revenue management systems to the hotel industry, Mr. Wilson is responsible for all revenue management development activities, new applications and strategic partnerships. Before joining MaximRMS, Mr. Wilson led or founded of the several leading pricing and revenue management firms, including Talus, Veritec Solutions, MCGI and SignalDemand. Wilson holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Rochester. The author of numerous publications, Mr. Wilson has been invited to speak throughout the world.

Mr. Wilson can be contacted at 773-572-2060 or dwilson@maximrms.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.