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Ms. Braum

Roberta Braum

Director of Product Management, Payments, Agilysys

Roberta Braum is the director of product management for payments at Agilysys, a leading technology company that provides innovative point-of-sale, property management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry.

Ms. Braum began her career at Apple, where she served as a technical lead designing file server systems. She also has also held management positions at IMDb, where she oversaw subscription services for entertainment professionals, and at Amazon, where she helped develop a payment plan service for the company's ordering systems.

Prior to joining Agilysys, Ms. Braum served as director of product management at Array Health, where she designed a purchasing decision support system, developed a product and sales roadmap and supervised program and product management teams.

At Agilysys, Ms. Braum manages the product strategy and roadmap for the company's payments products, including the groundbreaking rGuest® Pay solution, the Agilysys payment gateway that enables complete and secure payment processing. She also addresses the challenges that new payment technologies pose to the hospitality industry and develops strategic solutions that enable a seamless guest experience for Agilysys' next-generation point-of-sale and property management customers.

Ms. Braum serves as a thought leader in the areas of payment technologies, data security and EMV readiness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering and computer science from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Please visit http://www.agilysys.com/ for more information.

Ms. Braum can be contacted at 770-822-0794 or roberta.braum@agilysys.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.