Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Militi

Mike Militi

Division Manager, Wine Guardian

Michael Militi is the division manager for Wine Guardian, an Air Innovations company. Wine Guardian is a world leader in environmental control systems as it relates to wine cellars. From small residential cellars to commercial cellars to large wine storage facilities, Wine Guardian has the solution to meet your collection’s unique requirements in temperature and humidity. Mr. Militi has 20 years of experience in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning project management, sales and applications engineering. He joined Air Innovations in 2001, and is responsible for the Wine Guardian wine cooling systems and Cleanroom Systems divisions, including the AdvancAir and HEPAir businesses. Previously, Mr. Militi worked as a sales engineer for a package testing and reliability equipment company and an industrial blower manufacturer. He began his career at Cleanroom Technology and continued developing turnkey clean-room solutions for an international client base when that company was purchased by Clestra. Mr. Militi has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mr. Militi can be contacted at 315-452-7400 or mmiliti@airinnovations.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.