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Ms. Heydt

Sandy Heydt

Director of Sales & Marketing, The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel

Sandy Heydt is Director of Sales and Marketing at The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel. Ms. Heydt has 25 years experience in luxury hotel sales and marketing, for both resorts and city hotels. Ms. Heydt's passion for building brands, strategic marketing, team empowerment and collaboration supports the owner's vision and goals as The Logan strives to be the most exciting and successful hotel in the marketplace. Ms. Heydt's knack for introducing and engaging new brands to a targeted customer base and working with operations teams to deliver the brand promise is essential to her success at The Logan Hotel. Prior to joining the team at The Logan Hotel, Ms. Heydt was Vice President of Sales at the AAA Five Star/Mobile Five Diamond Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, and was instrumental in transitioning this former Ritz Carlton to an Independent resort. Prior to that, Ms. Heydt founded and owned Panetiere Marketing Advisors for 10 years, a company that provided sales and marketing consulting and temporary staffing to a variety of hotels ownership groups and management companies. Ms. Heydt personally worked on projects with Destination Hotels & Resorts, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels & Resorts and many private owners and investors. She has also provided marketing support to non-profit arts and educational organizations. Prior to opening Panetiere, Ms. Heydt had the pleasure of working at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver; Resort Semiahmoo in Blaine, WA; The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia; and the Don Ce Sar Beach Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, FL. Ms. Heydt's earlier career experiences included working as a family counselor and an Executive Director for non-profit organizations. Ms. Heydt attended Temple University in Philadelphia and earned a Masters' degree in Counseling Psychology.

Please visit http://www.theloganhotel.com for more information.

Ms. Heydt can be contacted at 215-963-1500 or sandra.heydt@theloganhotel.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.