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Ms. Kyricos

Mia Kyricos

Founder and President , Kyricos & Associates, LLC

Mia Kyricos is president and founder of Kyricos & Associates, LLC, a boutique advisory firm providing strategic guidance to wellness-driven hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies. Most recently, Ms. Kyricos was Chief Brand Officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, the world's largest marketing, gifting and incentives company for the wellness industry, where she created the company's core “Wellness 365™” brand philosophy offering expertise across (8) categories of wellness (Fitness, Nutrition, Healing, Mindset, Beauty, Play, Caring and Relationships) and founded the global Wellness Travel Awards program. She also served as the company's spokesperson and oversaw marketing, advertising, strategic partnerships, communications and research, including its well-known State of Wellness Travel and Global Spa and Wellness Trend Forecasts. Previously Ms. Kyricos was vice president of Core Performance, the workplace wellness division of EXOS, where she directed company operations and related deployments on the campuses of Fortune 500 clients. She also served as director of global spa brands for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where she created (6) international spa brands for the corporation's Le Meridien, Sheraton, St. Regis, Westin, W and Luxury Collection hotel brands, and oversaw the Starwood Spa Collection marketing program, inclusive of 60 premier hotel/resort spas across 26 countries. With over 20 years of experience including work for other lifestyle brands including Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and Exhale Mind Body Spas, Ms. Kyricos is a globally-respected business leader and wellness travel and lifestyle expert. She is a frequent speaker and contributing writer to hospitality, tourism and wellness-related publications and associations worldwide. Her work and expertise has been featured in popular business and trade publications including The New York Times, CNN, Smart Money, The Skift Report, Real Simple, Hotel Business, Travel Weekly, Lodging, Spa Business, Spa China, Market Watch, Healing Arts and more. Ms. Kyricos holds a Masters of Management in Hospitality Administration (MMH) from Cornell University, and a Bachelor's Degree (BA) in International Relations from Wheaton College. She sits on the Boards of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the University of California Irvine (UCI) Spa Management & Hospitality Certificate Program, is Chair of the Wellness Communities Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) and serves as a US Ambassador for Global Wellness Day.

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

Ms. Kyricos can be contacted at 207-200-3683 or mia@kyricos.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.