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Mr. Brudney

David Brudney

Principal, David Brudney & Associates

David M. Brudney, ISHC, principal and founder of David Brudney & Associates, a hospitality marketing consulting firm based in Carlsbad, CA, provides customized, professional sales and marketing services including independent sales and marketing operational assessments, sales training, mentoring, and speaking for hotels, resorts, conference centers, and destination marketing organization worldwide. A sample of properties where Mr. Brudney conducted comprehensive operational assessments include the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, NV, the Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, FL, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, HI, Tourism Vancouver, B.C., and Visit Baltimore (MD). A sample of properties where Mr. Brudney has provided successful sales training and mentoring services include the Peabody Hotel, Orlando, FL, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA, Renaissance Hotel, Seattle, WA. He has lectured at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and has been and a featured speaker for the Irish Tourism Board, Dublin, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association Intl., the Las Vegas Chapter of National Speakers Association and Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Mr. Brudney will be teaching summer 2013 at EHL in Switzerland and speaking in Colombia Fall 2013 at a symposium on the M.I.C.E. industry. Mr. Brudney is a nationally recognized hospitality industry spokesman who has been interviewed on Fox News and quoted on/in ABC News, the New York Times, Dow Jones/Market Watch, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a featured columnist for Smith Travel Research’s Hotel News Now. Prior to launching David Brudney & Associates in 1979, Mr.Brudney had a long and distinguished career in hotel sales and marketing with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Westin Hotels & Resorts, and Marriott International, Inc. Brudney directed the sales and marketing efforts of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. Mr. Brudney is a founding member and now serves as chairman emeritus of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants’ Marketing Committee and recently a member of Laguna Strategic Advisors. He received a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University and currently sits on the university’s Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Advisory Board.

Mr. Brudney can be contacted at 760-476-0830 or david@davidbrudney.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.