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Mr. Beaubien

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien

President & CEO, Groupize Solutions

Visionary entrepreneur Charles de Gaspe Beaubien has been a disruptive force in the group travel industry, building technology solutions to automate and transform the group hotel booking experience. As president and CEO of Groupize, Inc. Mr. Beaubien is recognized for pushing boundaries through all facets of technology to benefit travelers and the industry. Mr. Beaubien thrives on developing new capabilities and architectures, building strategic partnerships, expanding business models and pioneering new technologies. His hands-on planning involvement, combined with his extensive knowledge in travel technology fuels his passion to bring efficiencies to the difficult processes involved in online shopping, booking and managing of groups and meetings. Mr. Beaubien’s dedication resulted in Groupize being named the most Innovative Emerging Travel Technology Company by PhoCusWright at the Travel Innovation Summit in 2013. With over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Mr. Beaubien has held executive leadership positions in every aspect of group travel and tourism. Whether driving group business growth in Montreal while at Tourisme Montreal or serving in executive positions for major group tour operators including Yankee Holidays and Group Voyagers Inc. (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and more); Mr. Beaubien understands the complications of planning and booking group travel. Mr. Beaubien has held numerous board seats including the Canadian Tourism Commission Leisure Advisory Board, the Starwood Advisory Board, and the Gloucester, MA DMO. He credits his education in Entrepreneurship from Bishop’s University in Quebec and l’E.S.S.C.A. (Ecole Superieur des Science Commerciales d’Anger) in France for his ‘we can fix this problem’ attitude. Please visit www.groupizesolutions.com for more information.

Mr. Beaubien can be contacted at 508-332-7319 or charles@groupize.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.