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Mr. Hood

Robert Hood

Corporate Food & Beverage Manager, Atlific Hotels

Robert Hood, Corporate Food & Beverage Manager for Atlific Hotels, is originally from the United Kingdom. He has been in Food & Beverage Management for over 20 years, working in Europe for Queens Moat House Hotels, the United States for Marriott, before settling in Canada. After settling in Canada he held positions for ClubLink Corporation, and currently with Atlific Hotels. With a passion for both culinary and front of house food and beverage management, Mr. Hood's passion for the food and beverage industry with its innovation and creative process continues to be part of his life journey.

The responsibilities of his of current position include, food and beverage procurement, concept design, financial and creative business analysis, management development, as well developing strategies for the optimization of food and beverage talent and operations at the property level.

Atlific Hotels is one of the most dynamic hotel management companies in Canada operating 62 hotels nationally with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With over 50 years' experience owning and managing major brands and independents, Atlific Hotels is passionate about consistently delivering long-term financial benefits to owners while cultivating a caring and fun work environment for associates and managers.

Mr. Hood was educated at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Arts in the United Kingdom where he obtained and HND in Hotel Management, and is a Bachelor of Applied Science graduate in Hospitality Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire in the United States.

Mr. Hood can be contacted at 416-674-0030 or rhood@atlific.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.