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Ms. Shimota

Deanna Shimota

Director of Marketing, Sajan, Inc.

Deanna Shimota has more than 13 years of progressive marketing management experience, holding several strategic positions at global organizations such as The Connection, Ceridian and Concur. In 2010 she joined Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system technology. Since Sajan’s inception in 1997, its teams of localization professionals have been creating custom solutions for companies in several industries, with unique specialization in the travel and hospitality arena. Ms. Shimota leads a marketing team that is on the front lines of gauging client needs and creating on-point content regarding the real-time nature of the hospitality industry’s marketing localization requirements. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications, loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. In response to the explosive localization needs within this industry, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for global hotels, airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and more. During her tenure at Sajan, Ms. Shimota has reinvigorated existing programs and built from scratch several initiatives that have proven highly successful. With her forward-thinking, metrics-driven leadership, she continues to increase company visibility and drive growth of new business globally across the organization. Ms. Shimota holds a degree in marketing communications and an advanced degree in technical communications. Her specializations include creative planning, strategy design and implementation on a global scale, and building and launching programs that foster ever-increasing brand awareness. She finds great satisfaction in leading efforts to educate companies on expanding their global brand presence and ensuring that their messaging resonates with markets around the world.

Ms. Shimota can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or dshimota@sajan.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.