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Ms. DeHaven

Christina DeHaven

Principal, DeHaven Consulting

Christina DeHaven, CMP is President and owner of DeHaven Consulting, a full-service meeting planning and event education company based in New Jersey. Ms. DeHaven takes pride in creating exceptional events with seamless production. She is a passionate logistics professional with experience in pharmaceutical, corporate and association meetings and events. Through her speaking and training engagements at industry conferences, 'lunch & learn's and FAM trips, she continues to advance professionalism and the highest standards within the industry. With her supplier consulting, Ms. DeHaven helps venues grow their group business, increase market share and make improvements to become a “Pharma Friendly” property. She is also working with the Convention Industry Council (CIC) as a Subject Matter Expert for the creation of the healthcare subspecialty designation. Before founding her own consultancy, Ms. DeHaven was a Project Manager with UniversalWorld Events. There she sourced and managed global product launches, international pharmaceutical meetings, events, domestic and international congresses, advisory board meetings and trainings across multiple therapeutic areas. She led motivated, performance driven teams to operational excellence and conducted staff training on Pharmaceutical Compliance, Venue Contracting and Negotiation Strategies. Prior to her work with UWE Ms. DeHaven planned medical education meetings for DesignWrite, a full-service medical communications company. There she was a training mentor and received five Service Recognition Awards for client satisfaction. Ms. DeHaven began her career in the meetings industry as a supplier holding various positions in Sales & Catering for Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt and Starwood. She has experience selling the SMERF and Corporate markets for both the Hyatt and Westin brands.

Ms. DeHaven can be contacted at 609-223-2229 or christina@dehavenconsulting.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.