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Ms. Rothschild

Joy Rothschild

Chief Human Resources Officer, Omni Hotels and Resorts

Joy Rothschild, a 35-year associate who started in Omni's Management Development Program, rejoined Omni Hotels & Resorts as senior vice president of human resources in January 1998. Since then, she has held the positions of vice president of human resources, corporate human resources director and senior regional director, as well as human resources director for several individual Omni properties. In 2002, under Ms. Rothschild's leadership the department was recast as associate services to formalize the company's service commitment to the people who make Omni Hotels a success. Ms. Rothschild is a dynamic and accomplished human resources executive that championed many Omni initiatives that directly impact profitability, customer retention and satisfaction. In 1992, she was awarded the Omni Hotels & Resorts' President's Award for developing the Omni Service Champion employee recognition program and the Power of One® employee empowerment program. She is also a Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) GoldenBell Winner. Ms. Rothschild serves on the Advisory Board for School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University, Hospitality Board of Governors for College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, University of North Texas, and American Hotel & Lodging Association's Labor and Human Resources committees. Ms. Rothschild earned her Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business. Her post-college executive education includes Harvard Business School's Achieving Excellence through Service Program and the University of Michigan's Advanced Human Resources Executive Forum.

Ms. Rothschild can be contacted at 972-871-5600 or pr@omnihotel.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.