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Mr. Paddock

Shayne Paddock

Vice President of Product Development & Innovation, TravelClick

Shayne Paddock is a technology and business leader with over 23 years of experience working in the areas of Product Management, Software Development, CRM, Marketing Automation, Guest Profiling, Loyalty Management, Search Engine Marketing, Email Marketing, and Hospitality Systems Integration. He is currently the Vice President of Product Development & Innovation for Guest Management Solutions at TravelClick an Amadeus company, a global provider of innovative cloud-based, revenue-generating solutions for the hospitality industry.

Mr. Paddock's areas of responsibility include Product Management, Customer Engagement, Sales Solutioning, and the overall thought leadership of TravelClick's suite of Guest Management solutions. TravelClick's Guest Management Solutions provide unparalleled insights into guests, giving hoteliers the ability to effectively and continuously engage them at all stages of the guest journey.

Prior to TravelClick Mr. Paddock was the CIO for ZDIrect, a hospitality marketing automation company that was acquired by TravelClick in October of 2015. Before working in the hospitality industry he worked with the search engine Excite.com where he helped build one of the internet's first commercial email platforms in DeliverE, keyword search term marketing, media placement, as well as several other dot com startups all revolving around database marketing.

Mr. Paddock holds a diploma in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems from Algonquin College as well as two patents in the email marketing space with regards to dynamic content and personalization. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Kathie and his son Noah. In his free time he likes to ski, run, hike, coach little league, play hockey, read, and disconnect from WIFI.

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

Mr. Paddock can be contacted at 212-817-4819 or spaddock@travelclick.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.