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Mr. Vallauri

DJ Vallauri

Founder and CEO, Lodging Interactive

DJ Vallauri, Founder & President of Lodging Interactive, has been proactive and successful in all his social media initiatives over the last five years through CoMMingle.

Mr. Vallauri saw the void of participation on social media from individual hotel properties and in 2010 CoMMingle was born. Through his insightful projections, CoMMingle has become a successful division of Lodging Interactive solely dedicated to social media marketing, social customer service and reputation management for the Hospitality Industry.

Every industry's social media needs are different and Mr. Vallauri understands the needs and challenges faced by hotels. Recently, he has led the charge on two new initiatives that take social media to a different level.: Ask DJV Video Series - Weekly video series on YouTube and cross-pollinated to other social networks authentically. Each week Mr. Vallauri offers suggestions, tips, advice, shares knowledge and answers questions from hospitality leaders. The topics range from social media, social customer service, reputation management and the social ecosystem of a hotel. He is sharing his knowledge and giving back to an industry that gave so much to him. Social Voices - A 24/7/365 Social Customer Service & Engagement platform to assist the hospitality industry with its online customer service needs.

Mr. Vallauri's focus had been on how Millennials are using social media. Social Media has embraced the customer service experience between the consumer and the business. No longer just a marketing media, but a true representation of a social voice where a hotel can influence its reputation, add a human touch, connect with past/present/future guests and participate in discussion.

Mr. Vallauri provides the overall company direction and continues to develop leading technology products and services for the hospitality industry. He has held sales, marketing and business development positions with companies such as Meridien Hotels, Reed Travel Group, American Airlines' - AMR Information Services, Cendant's subsidiary WizCom International and Prime Hospitality Corp. In addition, he founded two e-commerce businesses, which he subsequently sold in early 1999.

Mr. Vallauri also serves on the HSMAI Greater New York chapter Advisory Board as the Director of Social Media.

Mr. Vallauri can be contacted at 877-291-4411 ext 704 or dj@lodginginteractive.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.