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Mr. Gilley

Jeremy Gilley

Director of Sales and Revenue, Glenwood Hot Springs

Jeremy Gilley has served as Glenwood Hot Springs’ director of sales and revenue since Nov. 2011. His extensive background in tourism and hospitality has helped position the mineral hot springs resort as an increasingly popular choice for domestic and international visitors seeking destinations with wellness options. Prior to arriving at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Gilley was the director of revenue at the historic Hotel Colorado, another venerable Glenwood Springs property where he helped contribute to a 26 percent increase in occupancy levels. Mr. Gilley graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Since 2003, he has worked in the hospitality industry in Oklahoma and Colorado building relationships with key corporate, travel and tour companies and growing revenue through a variety of avenues including trend forecasting, yield management and marketing and budgeting strategies. His current focus is on developing business strategies aimed at international markets in Europe and Japan. “An awarding-winning spa combined with the growing interest in the benefits of mineral spring hydrotherapy has enabled Glenwood Hot Springs and the Spa of the Rockies to gain traction with a customer base that values wellness leisure travel,” said Mr. Gilley. Mr. Gilley’s responsibilities encompass the entire Glenwood Hot Springs property including the 107-room Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club, the Sport Shop and the Grill. The property relies on his skills to develop sales strategies, target and initiate action plans to secure new and enhanced revenue opportunities, build community relations, as well as for promotions, special events and internal staff sales training. Mr. Gilley also acts as the marketing liaison with outside marketing and public relations firms.

Mr. Gilley can be contacted at 970-945-3324 or jgilley@hotspringspool.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.