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Ms. Dunphy

Jennifer Dunphy

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vayu Media

An accomplished sales and marketing executive, Jennifer Dunphy is currently vice president of sales and marketing at Vayu Media, a strategic Internet marketing solutions agency. As a member of the founding executive team and company principal, Ms. Dunphy has successfully leveraged her expertise in SEO, online and mobile marketing, and social media marketing solutions to establish a strong re-seller network of advertising agencies, marketing organizations and PR firms to drive significant new business growth. Recognized for exceptional ability to attract, develop and retain high-performing personnel, Ms. Dunphy has played a key role in building the company's internal talent pool At Vayu, which is based in Atlanta with four offices in the U.S. and South America, she oversees the firm's South American operations, and directly manages select strategic marketing campaigns for both domestic and international clients. A sought-after subject-matter expert, Ms. Dunphy has been interviewed and quoted by FOX5, CBS, All Business, The Examiner, Univision, TAG Tech Talk Radio, Atlanta Business Radio and International Living. She has presented on SEO, social media and reputation management at numerous digital marketing conferences and forums, including the 2011 Digital Summit in Atlanta, the 2011 Women in the Spotlight Symposium, the Business Boot Camp for Women and SoCon 2012. Additionally, Ms. Dunphy has presented to the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Bar Association, E-Marketing Association and conference, and the Buckhead Club. Ms. Dunphy has contributed content to Visibility Magazine, EConsultancy, Womenetics and The Little Pink Book, and she was quoted in the book Fast Track Networking: Turning Conversations Into Contacts. Ms. Dunphy has been nominated for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for four consecutive years, The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Atlanta Business Leaders 40 Under 40 Award, and the Technology Association of Georgia's TAG Marketing Award. In addition, she was selected to participate in LEAD Atlanta, an intensive eight-month leadership development and community education program. Ms. Dunphy serves as the Marketing Chair for the TAG FinTech Board and the TAG Social Business Society and is a committee member of the Buckhead Club's membership and women's network committees. Previously, she was a member of the Venture Atlanta Volunteer Committee. An active volunteer for Himalayan Children's Charities, Ms. Dunphy has also been instrumental in launching a charity in South America in the country of Columbia that will offer structured sports and college prep education to children from low-income families. Born in Minnesota, Ms. Dunphy currently resides in Georgia where she earned her bachelor of science degree from Georgia State in 2005. A world traveler, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and is conversational in Polish.

Ms. Dunphy can be contacted at 404-547-0949 or jdunphy@vayumedia.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.