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Mr. Hipsh

Dale Hipsh

Senior Director for Hotel Operations, Hard Rock International

As Senior Director of Hotel Operations for Hard Rock International, Dale Hipsh guides the development of operations for the company’s most significant hotel and casino properties. Currently assigned to the completion and opening of the brand’s first European hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in Playa d’en Bossa, Spain, and an upcoming project in Shenzhen, China, Mr. Hipsch’s specialty is to guide large, complex projects with large staff, often in multiple locations. Mr. Hipsh’s career of 25 years in casino and hotel management began with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and has included assignments with many industry leaders, including Sun International and its massive Atlantis casino and resort complex on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. He has held various positions with both the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a division of Marriott Corporation, and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. As Vice President of Operations for Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Mr. Hipsh guided the simultaneous 2004 openings of two of the world’s most successful casino complexes. At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, he was responsible for pre-opening and grand opening hotel operations for the 500-room property, as well as food and beverage operations for six restaurants, set up of catering and convention services, special events and facilities operations. During the grand opening project, Mr. Hipsh managed a staff of 1,200 team members. While Chief Operating Officer of Pearl River Resort, one of the largest gaming operations in the Southern United States, Mr. Hipch guided this mega complex through the turbulent financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Mr. Hipsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Dale divides his time between the Caribbean and Florida, where he has a home in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to his distinguished hotel industry career, Mr. Hipsh is an investor/advisor in notable restaurant properties in South Florida. He also believes strongly in giving back to the community and is active in several nonprofit organizations, including GLAAD, The Red Cross, WHY and Relief Beads. Just for fun, he likes to explore the unique cultures of the areas he is assigned for new project development

Mr. Hipsh can be contacted at 888-832-7155 or Dale_Hipsh@hardrock.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.