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Mr. Palleschi

Rob Palleschi

Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Rob Palleschi has more than 25 years of hospitality experience and today leads the most recognized brand in the hospitality industry as global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. He oversees all aspects of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship brand and leads a portfolio of more than 550 hotels and resorts across six continents. Mr. Palleschi’s most recent appointment was global head, DoubleTree by Hilton where he was responsible for the strategic direction and vision of a fast-growing collection of upscale, full-service hotels and resorts. Also during his tenure with Hilton Worldwide, Mr. Palleschi served as vice president of product development and guest experience for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and vice president of brand performance for DoubleTree by Hilton. In these roles, Mr. Palleschi was one of the chief strategists for the development, implementation and enforcement of brand standards, owner relations and the quality assurance process for some of the most well-known, full-service hotels and resorts around the globe. Mr. Palleschi’s experience within the hospitality industry also includes hotel operations and property management. In addition to his tenure at Hilton Worldwide, he worked for full-service hotel brands Sheraton, Hyatt, and Radisson hotels in a variety of markets from Dallas and Charlotte to Memphis and the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Connecticut, Mr. Palleschi earned a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University. A sports fan who is loyal to the New York Yankees and New York Giants, Palleschi is also an active advocate for animal rescues. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Terri and enjoys spending time with his two daughters - Kristina and Lauren and their two dogs adopted from shelters and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Palleschi can be contacted at 888-370-0980 or rob.palleschi@hilton.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.