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Mr. Masuda

Mark Masuda

Vice President of Sales & Marketing , AmericInn

Mark Masuda is Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for AmericInn Hotels and Suites based in Chanhassen, MN. Mr. Masuda is responsible for AmericInn's national sales team as well as the company's digital and brand marketing. Prior to AmericInn, Mr. Masuda's leadership roles in hospitality sales, marketing, and distribution included stints at Northwest Airlines, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and Carlson Rezidor Hotels. Mr. Masuda earned his Master's of Business Administration at the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis and earned his Bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. Mr. Masuda is married, has two daughters and a son and resides in Edina, Minnesota.

Mr. Masuda can be contacted at 952-294-5000 or mmasuda@americinn.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.