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Mr. Bennie

Paul Bennie

Director of Business Development, ProfitSword

As Director of Business Development for ProfitSword, Paul Bennie leads sales efforts for the company and is a leading expert in business intelligence software and applications for the global hospitality industry.

Throughout his carrier, Mr. Bennie has attained a deep working knowledge of the latest trends in data analytics, data integration and collection; leveraging his background to provide hoteliers with the ability to streamline the strategic decision-making process and enhance profitability.

Areas that he further specializes in with ProfitSword include maximizing hotel accounting, sales pacing, forecasting and budgeting abilities. This he achieves by working with solutions capable of providing daily data collection from disparate sources and across a hotel brand's portfolio. Such platforms are also able to offer access to actionable data in real time through the delivery of pre-scheduled and customizable reports.

Prior to joining ProfitSword, Mr. Bennie held key positions at several notable data analytics and hospitality-focused organizations. These include serving as Senior Director Operations for Noble Investment Group and as Director of Operations Analysis for Hersha Hospitality Management.

Joining ProfitSword in 2010 and holding several leadership roles before becoming Director of Business Development, Mr. Bennie is now in charge of increasing revenues in the hospitality market, and generating leads through inside and outside sales, tradeshows, industry conferences, and client meetings.

Other tasks that Mr. Bennie performs include creating detailed contracts and scope documents in order to protect both client and ProfitSword interests. He is also responsible for creating a smooth transition between the sales process and implementation.

A graduate of Brigham Young University where he majored in business administration, Mr. Bennie has specialized in business and finance analysis since 2002.

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

Mr. Bennie can be contacted at +1 407-219-9151 or pbennie@profitsword.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.