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Mr. Parks

Noah Parks

Vice President Digital Marketing, LeadGenix

As VP of Digital Marketing for Leadgenix, Noah Parks is a leading Internet marketing and website promotion expert with 15 years of experience in both retail eCommerce and B2B lead generation. Mr. Parks also serves as the Director of Marketing for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International in New York City, a global organization representing all segments of the hospitality industry. As VP of Digital Marketing for Leadgenix, Mr. Parks helps shape the company's direction and works closely with the fulfillment team. Mr. Parks is active in providing training & consulting on Internet Marketing to companies and organizations on-site and via web conferences worldwide such as: Kravet Luxury Home Furnishings, Nespresso, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Mont Blanc, and True Blue, to name a few. Mr. Parks excels at adapting and integrating key digital marketing strategies to companies’ specific goals and locations and has done so to hundreds of corporate executives and entrepreneurs around the United States and Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. Parks's entry into the digital world began when his creative and entrepreneurial spirit led him to launch his own candle, bath and body line while on track to attend medical school. In the mid 90's, as the Internet was gaining a foothold in the marketplace, Mr. Parks recognized just how critical of a role it would play in the success of his business. From there, his passion for understanding how to best utilize the Internet and digital marketing grew, and became the launch pad for what would become a new career path. When he's not helping organizations grow their business, Noah can be found speaking at charity events to raise money for non-profit organizations benefiting children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. As a father of six, He also enjoys jumping off of tall buildings and running into oncoming traffic.

Mr. Parks can be contacted at 801-805-2532 or nparks@leadgenix.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.