Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Campbell

Chris Campbell

Chief Tracking Officer, Review Trackers

Chris Campbell is the founder and Chief Tracking Officer of Review Trackers, a B2B software and service company dedicated to helping enterprises, organizations, and businesses with multiple locations monitor and manage online reviews. Review Trackers is powered by proprietary data collection technology that aggregates and centralizes data from all major online review sites, including TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp, Citysearch, and Foursquare. The company was selected as an Innovative Web Technologies finalist for SXSW Interactive Accelerator 2013, chosen as an SMB Future Digital Marketing Star by BIA/Kelsey, and selected as one of the top 20 companies in Start-Up Chile, Latin America’s premier capital network and entrepreneurship hub. An online marketing strategist with extensive tech entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Campbell founded Review Trackers in early 2012 with the vision of making the company the premier provider of all consumer-generated review data. Before Review Trackers, he successfully developed marketing campaigns for the United Nations, Dell, University of Chicago, Nissan, Pep Boys, and Jamba Juice, among many others. He won the 2009 DePaul University Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and his work has appeared on Forbes, USA Today, Ad Age, Tech Crunch, The Next Web, and Crain’s Chicago Business. Mr. Campbell is also a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend, having organized and participated in over 30 events in cities around the world, with a finger always on the pulse of the global entrepreneurial community.

Mr. Campbell can be contacted at 866-854-7670 or info@reviewtrackers.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.