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Mr. Ferrara

Clifford Ferrara

Vice President of Sales & Revenue Management, Chesapeake Hospitality

Clifford Ferrara is the Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management for Chesapeake Hospitality, a leading third-party hotel management company ranked in the top 50 largest independent US operators. His leadership spans more than 30 years, including multiple brands and a wide variety of hotel types, both in a sales and operations capacity. His diverse leadership roles include responsibilities as director of sales, director of marketing, revenue management and as general manager. Mr. Ferrara is a highly effective communicator and enthusiastic leader who can motivate a team to achieve objectives. His energy and personality are well suited to handle multiple tasks and challenges. He thrives on being resourceful and creative in his approach to sales and revenue management in order to achieve determined results. His record of industry accomplishments include a common theme of re-positioning fledgling hotel sales and operations teams, then effectively deploying them to achieve strategic results. Mr. Ferrara successfully revitalized the sales mission and image of the 613 room Adams Mark Charlotte, the city’s largest convention hotel, nearly doubling group production during his tenure. As general manager of the Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown he effectively re-organized the sales team and improved operations efficiencies, while creating a culture a success that lead to increased food and beverage sales, improved profitability and better guest satisfaction scores. One of Mr Ferrara’s most rewarding accomplishment was his involvement with the opening of the 315-room Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach in Florida. As general manager, he was able to apply all of his professional skills to overcome the trials of opening a new hotel, developing the Crowne Plaza Hollywood into one of the most accomplished brand franchises. Mr. Ferrara attended Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina and earned a B.A. degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College. He enjoys hunting, fishing and boating, while currently residing in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mr. Ferrara can be contacted at 301-474-3307 or cferrara@chesapeakehospitality.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.