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Ms. Suttle

Denise Suttle

Assistant Director of Convention Services, Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau

Denise Suttle, CMP, has been with the Albuquerque CVB since moving to New Mexico from Oklahoma in 1991. She is the Assistant Director of Convention Services, working with citywide conventions that utilize the Albuquerque Convention Center and multiple hotels, sports events, and hotel meetings of all kinds. Ms. Suttle began at the CVB in convention sales as a telemarketer, earned increasingly responsible sales positions and eventually served as the division's interim vice president. Her switch to convention services was based on a desire to follow through with the relationships built during the sales process, to help her clients experience the best possible convention with her hands-on approach. Ms. Suttle sees each client as a potential partner and friend, and feels the convention is as much her responsibility as the meeting planner's. She believes that a successful CVB services manager must advocate for the customer, the city and the venues all at the same time—a juggling act that requires focus, patience and—above all—passion for customer service. A member of PCMA since 1996 and ESPA since 2000, Ms. Suttle has served on the board of directors, is past chairman of the marketing & communications committee, former editor of the quarterly E-newsletter “ACOMmodate,” and was a member of the continuing education committee. Ms. Suttle was part of the team responsible for writing the chapter on Convention Services Managers for the fifth edition of Professional Meeting Management published in 2005 by PCMA. She has participated in numerous panel presentations for ESPA and PCMA, and has presented convention services as a career path during Mega Mentor sessions of the PCMA Student Track.

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Ms. Suttle can be contacted at 1-800-733-9918 ext, 3335 or suttle@itsatrip.org

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.