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Ms. Jarvis

Judi Jarvis

Vice President of Legal Affairs , Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.

Judi Jarvis is the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc., and its affiliated companies, brands, and divisions, including Americas Best Value Inn, Lexington Hotels by Vantage, Vantage Hotel Management, Brown Nester Hospitality Services, Vantage Insurance Services, and Cruise Inn RV Parks. As Vantage's chief legal officer, Judi Jarvis oversees all of the legal aspects of the company's business, including new member development; acquisitions; corporate finance; real estate development; investments; marketing; promotions; guest relations; international licensing; intellectual property protection; new concept roll-outs; privacy; post-termination procedures; and litigation management. Prior to joining the Vantage family in 2008, Ms. Jarvis was the chief legal officer of a South Florida maritime company and served as special counsel to public and private companies in such diverse industries as travel, leisure, and entertainment; gambling; financial services; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; information technology and communications; publishing; real estate; and mining. Ms. Jarvis has a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Inter-American Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, Ms. Jarvis clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Florida, where she was an associate in the corporate and securities departments of two large firms. After co-founding a technology start-up and serving as its general counsel, Ms. Jarvis opened her own law practice to assist entrepreneurs with complex legal issues. Ms. Jarvis is consistently recognized by clients for learning and respecting their business objectives and for creating effective legal solutions that support those objectives.

Ms. Jarvis can be contacted at 877-311-2378 ext 147 or jjavrivs@vantagehospitality.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.