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Mr. Holzberg

Mark Holzberg

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Technology Solutions, Inc.

Mark Holzberg founded Hotel Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTS) in 2006 with a vision to acquire and build a platform company to provide a holistic solution to the technology needs of the hospitality industry. In December, 2007 HTS acquired Lorica Solutions after an extensive diligence process, seeing in Lorica just the platform it was looking for - a combination of leading technology, an in-depth understanding of the hotel industry and exceptional NOC and Help Desk support. Mr. Holzberg has more than twenty years' experience running and building profitable companies and business units, through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. He has held CEO and other senior executive positions with companies in the travel and hotel technology vendor space for over fifteen years. As President and CEO of AlphaNet Hospitality Systems, Holzberg introduced InnFax to the hospitality industry in the early 1990's, built and managed its organization, and led the company through its IPO and later diversification. Subsequently, Holzberg served as Chief Financial Officer of TravelCLICK, Inc., where he was instrumental in helping to build the Company from its start-up phase to a profitable $140 million firm with more than 10,000 hotel customers world-wide. Among other achievements at TravelCLICK, Holzberg led the Company's successful fundraising efforts, managed its relationship with Bain Capital, and executed several acquisitions, including that of iHotelier, which served as a core business component fueling much of TravelCLICK's growth. Later, Holzberg as President of Bartech the Americas, re-engineered the sales force and business process of this international supplier of automated hotel minibar systems. Holzberg has also served as President of Travel Development at Western Union Corporation and as a senior consultant with The Graycon Group. Earlier, Holzberg acquired and served as CEO of a ground and air courier company after beginning his career working for a merchant banking and buyout firm. He is also a former U.S. Army intelligence officer. Mr. Holzberg is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University, where he was an Alternate Truman Scholar.

Mr. Holzberg can be contacted at 410-757-0586 or mholzberg@loricasolutions.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.