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Ms. Smith Perez

Briane Smith Perez

Director of Restaurants, Beverly Hilton

Briane "Bre" Smith is a highly accomplished hospitality professional with over ten years of luxury hotel and food & beverage experience. Her career started in Marina Del Rey, California with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and has since been involved with over seven restaurant openings and six task-force assignments including The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, and Puerto Rico. Ms. Smith's hands-on leadership style and ability to work hand-in-hand with her team has made her one of the most sought after leaders in food & beverage. Her responsibilities include the hiring, training, and management of a union staff of hundreds. She has developed new revenue sources and fine-tuned existing programs to maximize guest and employee satisfaction, while increasing the bottom line. As an expert in strategic delegation, she encourages her management team to “own” projects, helps them along the way, and always recognizes successful outcomes. Ms. Smith believes that her guests should always have an exemplary experience in her outlets, and has built long lasting relationships with VIPs across all brands. Recently, Ms. Smith joined The Beverly Hilton as Director of Restaurants where she manages a team of over 85 ladies and gentlemen, and oversees the successful operations of Circa 55, Trader Vic's Lounge, Aqua Pool, the Lobby Lounge, and In-Room Dining. Recently, Ms. Smith joined The Beverly Hilton as Director of Restaurants where she manages a team of over 85 ladies and gentlemen, and oversees the successful operations of Circa 55, Trader Vic's Lounge, Aqua Pool, the Lobby Lounge, and In-Room Dining. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and recently attained her Masters of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego. In her free time, Ms. Smith enjoys painting abstracts with acrylics and cheering on her home teams the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, and Dodgers. They say one must balance their work and personal life, but for Ms. Smith it is definitely balancing her work and sports life. She currently resides in Hollywood, California.

Ms. Smith Perez can be contacted at 310-285-1365 or bre.smith@hilton.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.