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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.