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Mr. Torbet

Peter Torbet

Director, Product Inovation, Acentic

Peter Torbet has been with Acentic since he graduated with an Honours Degree in Product Design from De Montfort University, which included a placement at Aston Martin. On graduating, Mr. Torbet joined Granada Business Technology to head up the design team, overseeing the Hospitality Industry's first use of a full screen UI, evolving into the industry's first animated Flash User Interface.

Mr. Torbet's remit moved from a UK-centric footprint to worldwide in 2003 on the formation of Acentic, where he headed up the European Design Studio. With his enthusiastic nature and visionary concepts, he soon found himself becoming lead presenter at client presentations to key accounts including Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Marriott, IHG and subsequently industry events.

During this time, Mr. Torbet's role expanded from that of not only the UI, but the wider guest experience and in turn the technology to deliver that experience. In his role as Director, Product Innovation, he enjoys looking at products from a creative technologist perspective, identifying opportunities, defining and taking product specification and development from proof of concept stage through to market.

Mr. Torbet works very closely across all disciplines within Acentic, from Operations, Product Management and R&D, through to Sales. An advisor to the Executive Board of Acentic, his global remit sees him travelling the world to support all key territories including Asia, the US and EMEA.

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

Mr. Torbet can be contacted at +44 (0) 1525 844-930 or peter.torbet@acentic.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.