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Mr. Sharp

Jonathan Sharp

Director, Product Quality & Innovation, F&B, Focused Service Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Jonathan Sharp is director of product quality and innovation at Hilton Worldwide, where he oversees food and beverage for the company's focused service brands outside of the Americas. Mr. Sharp is responsible for the development and implementation of food and beverage products and services for Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Hotels throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Sharp has played an integral role in adapting Hilton Worldwide's focused service brand F&B offerings to fit the needs of global markets. Prior to joining Hilton in 2011, he served as head of F&B for Travelodge, where he managed a portfolio of 150 hotels. Previously, Mr. Sharp also held the position of area manager of U.K.-based Greenalls Brewery, overseeing operations of 40 bars. A passion for culinary arts, Mr. Sharp also owned and operated an Italian restaurant from 2001-2004. Mr. Sharp studied at Blackburn Catering College in the U.K. where he trained and earned his qualification as a chef.

Mr. Sharp can be contacted at 901-374-6462 or jonathan.sharp@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.