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Mr. Gourdie

Eric Gourdie

Strategic Revenue Director, Sceptre Hospitality Resources

With extensive revenue and channel management experience, Eric Gourdie, CRME joined the Sceptre team in December of 2002. He assists clients in evaluating the deployment of revenue management strategies and revenue analytics as well as maintaining rate integrity. His main focus is offering insight into increasing revenues through all available booking channels, as well as the full utilization of the Central Reservation System to optimize revenue and channel management. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Gourdie has worked in numerous hotel roles, such as General Manager for Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn Brands in the Southeastern US, Revenue Management and Hotel Operations with Hilton Hotels in Denver, and Hotel Operations at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando. This experience allows Mr. Gourdie to assist with the day-to-day revenue and distribution decisions needed to deliver growth. Mr. Gourdie’s expertise in the various technical systems allows clients to streamline processes and gain optimal training in using those programs to their advantage. Mr. Gourdie is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and has won numerous management awards from both Marriott and Hilton.

Mr. Gourdie can be contacted at 303-220-2168 or egourdie@sceptrehospitality.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.