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Mr. Plattenburg

George Plattenburg

Managing Partner, Burton Energy Group

George Plattenburg is one of three Managing Partners at Burton Energy Group, a consulting firm based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Burton Energy Group provides sustainability and energy efficiency consulting services for many of the world’s leading organizations, including 10 Fortune 150 firms as well as several large public companies headquartered in Europe and several of the largest private companies in the US. Burton’s clients typically operate large facility portfolios of hundreds or thousands of locations, and include businesses focused on owning and operating hotels, retail and distribution, manufacturing, financial services, and restaurants. Mr. Plattenburg has more than 25 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainability, and has worked for in a variety of leadership roles encompassing operations, engineering, sales and marketing. His experience includes energy engineering, utility demand side management program oversight, and service companies helping businesses take full advantage of their investment in energy and infrastructure. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Plattenburg has a passion for working with clients to help them drive utility usage out of their businesses to reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom lines. His clients rely on him to design, develop, and implement comprehensive programs to reduce the consumption and cost of utilities including electricity, natural gas, and water, and to help them understand and lower their carbon footprints. These client programs include demand side reduction improvements, energy risk and supply management, and analysis and business insights based on utility consumption information.

Mr. Plattenburg can be contacted at 678-829-4018 or gplattenburg@burtonenergygroup.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.