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Ms. Wells

Dawn Wells

General Manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston North

Dawn Wells is the General Manager of the 102-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston North in Charleston, South Carolina. The hotel is managed by Hotel Equities, an Atlanta-based, full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm. Ms. Wells also serves as a Lead General Manager for the firm. She is active in the Charleston Business Council. As General Manager, Ms. Wells holds responsibility for overseeing all financial and management operations of the hotel, including hiring the employees, setting and meeting budget goals and representing the company in the community. Tapped as a Lead General Manager because of her outstanding performance, Ms. Wells provides leadership, direction and results in revenue, profit and quality to the group of properties assigned to her. Instrumental in scouting talent and developing leaders within Hotel Equities, Ms. Wells assists with the firm’s Management Development Program (MDP). Recently, she mentored four individuals and helped each one research, execute and evaluate a final project to utilize what they had learned through the MDP and add value to his or her hotel. Ms. Wells started her hospitality career by joining John Q. Hammons Hotels after graduating from Johnson & Wales University. To gain additional experience, Ms. Wells moved with JQH hotels to Concord, North Carolina as Front Office/Reservations Manager at the Embassy Suites Concord-Golf Resort & Spa. The firm promoted her to Sales/Catering Manager where she served for more than a year before returning to Charleston with a promotion to General Manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in Charleston. Ms. Wells held that post for three years before moving to her current position at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston North. She joined Hotel Equities in 2012 when the firm took over management of her hotel. Ms. Wells holds an Associate Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina and a Certificate in Hospitality Leadership Development from the School of Business, College of Charleston.

Ms. Wells can be contacted at 866-576-5693 or dawn.wells@marriott.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.