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Mr. Roeh

Lola Roeh

General Manager, The Osthoff Resort and Aspira Spa

Lola Roeh began her career in hospitality over 30 years ago, accepting a position at the storied American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Over the course of her tenure there, Lola held management and development positions in guest services, marketing and special events, and quality control, culminating her hotel management experiences with the position of General Manager.

Ms. Roeh was also the opening manager of the Kohler Design Center, the first manager of Commercial Development and finished her career at Kohler as the Director of Destination Marketing for the Kohler Hospitality Businesses. Eighteen years ago, Ms. Roeh became the General Manager of the AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, one of the Midwest's premier resort destinations.

Ms. Roeh has served as Chair and Board Member for the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, and received the Association's Innkeeper of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2012. Ms. Roeh is also an active member in the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, and the International Spa Association (ISPA) USA. She has served as the President and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Chair and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission.

Ms. Roeh is a past Chair of the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Tourism and serves on the Marketing Committee. In 2014, she was honored with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's highest industry honor, the Legacy Award.

Mr. Roeh can be contacted at 920-876-5832 or lroeh@osthoff.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.