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Ms. Carter

Susanne Carter

Chef Concierge, The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park

Susanne Carter's career began with a solid education in Europe at The Hotel Management School in Freiburg im Breisgau, followed by a stint in Berlin where she worked at the Hotel Bremen and Schlosshotel Vier Jahreszeiten Berlin. She held several positions at the two hotel properties, from Assistant to the General Manager, Director of Human Resources, and Guest Relations Manager to Front Office Manager. Ms. Carter moved to New York in 1996, and launched her career in Hotel Management at the Pierre Hotel, then a Four Seasons Hotel, as Assistant Front Office Manager, and continued at the New York Palace Hotel from 1998 to 2000. She fell in love with the Concierge Profession and was invited back to the Pierre in 2000 to launch this new leg of her career. Ms. Carter's reputation in the industry was so impressive that she was asked to join The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park as an Assistant Chef Concierge in 2002. She was an integral part of the hotel’s achieving and maintaining Five Diamonds and Five Stars over the years. During her tenure, she was nominated for Best Concierge of the Year at The Big Apple All Stars Award and won in 2008. Her long term dedication earned her the Chef Concierge position at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park in 2010. In 2012, she was nominated and was awarded Chef Concierge of the Year at the Hotel Experience Awards Gala. She was recognized by popular vote from a pool of hundreds of NYC hotel professionals. Ms. Carter has been a proud member of The New York City Association of Hotel Concierge since 2000. She is also a prominent member of Les Clefs d’Or USA since 2005. Ms. Carter has been featured on HGTV’s Posh Pets, and in numerous publications, including FrontDesk NY, Avenue Magazine, Hemispheres Magazine, and Gourmet Reise, a German publication for the Hotel Industry. Her multi-lingual skills combined with her strong background and solid career have made her one of the most sought-after concierge professionals in New York City.

Ms. Carter can be contacted at 212-521-6040 or susanne.carter@ritzcarlton.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.