Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. DeMoss

David DeMoss

CEO and Founder, WAKEUP CALL

A seasoned risk management professional with extensive expertise in the hospitality sector, David DeMoss has served in all aspects of the industry from coast to coast. Prior to founding WAKEUP CALL, he spent over ten years as vice president of Petra Risk Solutions, where he received his CIC designation. He helped his clients by effectively engineering their insurance policies as part of their overall risk management strategy. This overall strategy would become the blueprint for handling the diverse risks they faced on a daily basis within their respective hotels and resorts around the country. As a former insurance broker specializing in the hotel market, he gained experience and expertise in a wide range of risk management processes specific to the hospitality industry, such as property inspections, onsite training, OSHA compliance resources, HR services and other areas requested by his clients. When requests for these services began to grow faster than the brokerage, he identified a need for a simple and streamlined risk management solution for the industry, and set out to provide it. With years of in-depth service dedicated to the hospitality sector, David is knowledgeable in virtually all aspects of hotel, resort and spa risk exposure and management. His specialized expertise led to the development of the WAKEUP CALL platform, which was introduced in 2011. Until then, the hospitality industry had been under-serviced by a couple of general resources, which provided minimal support. With the advent of WAKEUP CALL, David has single-handedly revolutionized the industry with a powerful, single-source, online solution that provides complete, real-time information and tools to assist hotels in managing critical and emerging issues.

Please visit www.wakeupcall.net for more information.

Mr. DeMoss can be contacted at 866-675-3909 or david@wakeupcall.net

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.