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Mr. Fliess

Kevin Fliess

Vice President Supplier Network Product Marketing, Cvent

Kevin Fliess has spent the past two decades in leadership positions across B2B and B2C technology companies. He's led marketing, product management, and general management functions across a spectrum of ventures - from early stage start-ups, to growth companies, as well as established world-class brands. Mr. Fliess is currently VP of marketing at Cvent, where he leads product marketing, demand generation, and customer marketing for the Hospitality Cloud division. This includes Cvent's Group Marketing Solutions which span three online marketplaces that support a variety of meeting planners - the Cvent Supplier Network, EliteMeetings.com, and SpeedRFP.com - that expose hoteliers to hundreds of thousands of planners. Before joining Cvent, Mr. Fliess led worldwide product strategy for Hewlett Packard's $1B direct-to-customer / ecommerce channel - HP.com. Mr. Fliess also has extensive experience in the online travel industry. He was co-founder and CEO of TravelMuse, a social trip planning solution, which was acquired by Travora Media. He was also employee #1 at Room77.com, a leading meta-search site, where he led marketing, business development, and product management as GM. Earlier, Mr. Fliess was director of Product Management and later VP of Product Marketing for all Emerging Solutions at SAP (mobile, enterprise search and xApps). Mr. Fliess joined SAP by selling his first business, Venndia, a provider of collaborative workforce management software (similar to an early version of LinkedIn) to SAP. Mr. Fliess is co-inventor on 8 patents, all in internet and software technology. He also serves as an advisor to two early stage internet ventures and sits on the Cornell Hospitality School Research Advisory Board. Mr. Fliess holds a BA in Political Science and German from Washington and Lee University.

Mr. Fliess can be contacted at 866-318-4358 or kfliess@cvent.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.