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Mr. Spector

Dave Spector

Partner, Tambourine

Dave Spector is a Partner at Tambourine, a marketing technology company specializing in helping hotels and tourism organizations increase revenue. The firm, with offices in Fort Lauderdale and New York City, has doubled in size every year since 2011. The firm is a member of HSMAI, HFTP, AHLA and was recently honored with Travel Weekly and HSMAI's highest awards. Prior to Tambourine, Mr. Spector was a member of the start-up team at two ventures that grew rapidly and eventually went public, with annual revenues of more than $150M. He specializes in fixing broken marketing tactics and believes marketing teams, like their sales counterparts, should be held accountable for revenue production. For ten years, Mr. Spector was a Partner and creative director at one of the fastest-growing advertising agencies in the Southeast United States. The agency was sold in 1999 to WPP Group/London (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world's largest Advertising Agency. The following year, Mr. Spector helped raise $6M in venture capital and co‐founded vFinance, Inc, one of the first truly integrated online/offline financial services firms. The firm went public and merged with National Securities (NHLD) in 2009. Today, the firm generates more than $125M in annual revenue worldwide. In 2005, Mr. Spector was co-founder of a software start-up enabling parents to monitor and protect their children on the internet. The firm partnered with the United States Justice Department and National Crime Prevention Council to launch McGruff Safeguard. Since its inception, the Company has helped more than 300,000 families safeguard their internet activity. In 2008, Mr. Spector was recruited by Kaseya, a global enterprise software company, to become its Senior Vice-President of Marketing, where he managed an annual marketing budget of $15 million dollars across 17 countries. Mr. Spector joined Tambourine is 2011 as a Partner and has been instrumental in the firm's rapid growth. Mr. Spector is a frequent public speaker at HSMAI, industry and university events. He lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife and two daughters who constantly remind him that he knows very little about anything.

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

Mr. Spector can be contacted at 561-278-4898 or dave@tambourine.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.