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Ms. Parsons

Pamela Parsons

Senior Vice President, ForrestPerkins

A licensed architect, a certified interior designer and a LEED Accredited Professional, Pamela Parsons brings a unique hotel owner’s perspective and a great depth of experience to FORRESTPERKINS in her position as Senior Vice President of Operations. Ms. Parsons, a seasoned professional in hotel design and construction for both domestic and international new development and renovations, has built and managed teams and relationships with many different internal departments and external resources. She is particularly savvy in project and design management. Ms. Parsons led the design and construction group at Host Hotels & Resorts and understands the owner’s point of view thoroughly. She focuses on bottom line performance, return-on-investment and linking superior design with sound business decisions regarding investments. During her 10-year tenure with Host Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Parsons administered the design and construction of $90 million to $550 million of annual capital for construction for the $10 billion Fortune 500 Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Host is the largest hospitality REIT in the world and at the time of Ms. Parsons’ leadership owned 125 upper upscale and luxury hotels in the US, South America and Europe. Hotel brands included Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott International, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, St. Regis, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and The Luxury Collection, among others. Earlier in her career, Ms. Parsons was the department head of the Conference Center Division of the Design and Construction Group at Marriott International and a Design Manager for New Build Construction at Marriott Corporation. She was Associate Vice President of RTKL in a previous position, where she was project architect for the new builds. NCARB- and NCIDQ-certified, Ms. Parsons is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Interior Designers and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Ms. Parsons can be contacted at 202-478-8810 x118 or pparsons@forrestperkins.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.