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Ms. Tocguigny

Yvonne Tocguigny

Chief Creative and Strategy Officer, Archer Malmo

In 1980, Yvonne Tocquigny launched her company, Tocquigny (TOH-KEY-KNEE), and from its inception, the digitally minded creative shop has focused on transforming brands. Adweek, B2B and Clutch have all named Tocquigny a top agency, honors reflective of the shop's work for clients such as CITGO, Jeep, Dell, Hitachi, USAA and Caterpillar. Collecting and building a talented team of makers, thinkers and doers — all working within a company culture that complements the uniqueness of Austin — Ms. Tocquigny is regarded as a forward-thinker in the industry, one who looks beyond the norm to reach goals and objectives. Ms. Tocquigny has become a business trailblazer, a leading marketer, a sought-after speaker, a respected writer and a mentor to many. In 2015, Archer Malmo, a leading brand communications agency based in Memphis, approached Ms. Tocquigny to consider an acquisition. Learning that Archer Malmo shared many of Tocquigny's philosophies and values, and understanding that the combination of the two shops would better serve the agency's clients, Ms. Tocquigny made the bold move to join forces. Despite the change of the company name, the agency's work for clients in Austin and throughout the country remains the same, as have Ms. Tocquigny's responsibilities. She continues to advise companies on topics such as digital marketing strategies, branding, messaging, business planning and ways to structure marketing organizations. Yvonne and her senior staff continue to be responsible for generating business for the Austin office. As Creative and Strategy Officer of Archer Malmo, Austin, Ms. Tocquigny remains a popular columnist for the Austin Business Journal and is a frequent speaker for groups of CEOs across the country, international Six Sigma organizations, CEOs in the banking and finance industry and groups of startup entrepreneurs. Recently, Yvonne presented at BMA15, the largest B2B marketing conference in the world. Ms. Tocquigny is a Founding Partner and mentor for The Capital Factory, an incubator for startup companies that draws business talent from across the country. She is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council for the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas and a member of the Advisory Board of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

Please visit http://archermalmo.com/ for more information.

Ms. Tocguigny can be contacted at 512-532-2800 or Yvonnet@archermalmo.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.