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Ms. Zimmerman

Angel Zimmerman

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Sajan

Angel Zimmerman is co-founder and chief operating officer of Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system. She and her partner Shannon Zimmerman co-founded the company in 1997, and today it is a top-ranking vendor in a space of approximately 25,000 worldwide. In her day-to-day position as COO, Ms. Zimmerman oversees the Global Language Services team, a role to which she brings a solution-oriented approach and commitment to delivering value to each client. She has scaled the operations group to meet the rapid growth demands of the business with a special focus on a range of industries. In particular, these teams have seen tremendous growth in the marketing translation and localization needs within the dynamic travel and hospitality industry. Ms. Zimmerman has led initiatives to attain ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification in addition to Six Sigma methods to ensure more measurable and quantifiable solutions for her company’s clients. With more than fifteen years of experience in the localization industry, Ms. Zimmerman heads up a production group that achieves some of the highest operating performance levels in the industry. Under Ms. Zimmerman’s co-leadership, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and others. She sets an example for the rest of the company with her keen appreciation for the real-time nature of the hospitality industry’s content localization needs. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Ms. Zimmerman’s ability to blend first-class customer service and innovative technology—and expertly deploy them—has played a significant part in helping Sajan realize rapid and sustained growth. She finds great satisfaction in helping global companies expand their brand presence and see their messaging resonate with markets around the world.

Ms. Zimmerman can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or azimmerman@sajan.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.