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Mr. Coll

Javier Coll

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Apple Leisure Group

Javier Coll is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group®, Co-founder of the group's luxury resort brand management company, AMResorts®, and its elite benefits program, Unlimited Vacation Club® (UVC). Mr. Coll has played a pivotal role in the development of both businesses.

The multidisciplinary executive applies more than 25 years of international hospitality operations and finance experience to skillfully direct the group's growth, development, mergers and acquisitions. Under Mr. Coll's leadership, AMResorts has become the largest Resort Brand Management company in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Since the inception of AMResorts in 2001 and prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group, Mr. Coll held diverse leadership roles in AMResorts, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and was directly involved in negotiating contracts, analyzing and selecting existing hotels for rebranding, plus supervising the development and construction of new hotels.

While defining the signature attributes of AMResorts' six luxurious brands, Mr. Coll also developed and implemented new operating procedures for each brand's finance, administration, auditing, IT and legal departments. He has been responsible and instrumental in developing strategies that would expand AMResorts' world-class portfolio.

Before joining AMResorts, Mr. Coll was the Deputy Managing Director of MAC Hotels, based in Palma de Mallorca, where he oversaw sales, marketing, operations and administration for the hotel chain. He was also Head of International Development (Spain), Managing Director (USA), and Director of Administration for Spain's Barceló Group. He began his career as an economist, developing viability studies of the transition from traditional European-plan hotels to the all-inclusive format.

Originally from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Mr. Coll graduated from Universitat de les Illes Balears with a B.A. in Marketing & International Taxation and received an M.B.A. in Business Administration/Economics from Universitat de Barcelona.

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Mr. Coll can be contacted at +1 610-359-5913 or jcoll@applelg.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.