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Ms. Harkness

Sarah Harkness

Marketing Manager, Screen Pilot

Sarah Harkness is the Marketing Manager for Screen Pilot, a Denver-based hospitality marketing agency that specializes in telling the stories of hotels and resorts using data science, creativity and strategic market place insights. Originally hailing from Austin - which explains her love of queso, lakes, and live music – Ms. Harkness attended college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she studied Media Communications but never found Tex-mex that was ever quite the same. She began her career as a PR & Marketing Intern for the Head Office of Harvey Nichols in London where she worked with publications including Grazia, Tatler, The Times on Sunday, The Daily Mail, and more. For the last 8 years she has lived in Denver where she has consulted for clients in luxury, fashion, and hospitality. She regularly contributes as an author on Hospitality Net, Hotel Marketing, and eHotelier exploring topics related to marketing, trends, technology and data in the travel and hospitality industry. Her passion for travel extends beyond the professional realm and she has visited over 21% of the world’s countries and is hoping to make that 100% someday. So far her favorite place to visit was Barcelona because she got to speak Spanish with a lisp, see Gaudi’s artwork in person, and eat churros whenever she pleased. In her spare time you can find her lost somewhere in the great outdoors with her husband and their corgi mix Bateman, wandering around art museums, enjoying a cocktail on a patio, or scuba diving in the deep blue sea. She is the Founder of the Denver Agency Meetup and a member of The Denver Junior League. Please visit http://www.screenpilot.com for more information.

Ms. Harkness can be contacted at 720-336-0610 or sharkness@screenpilot.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.