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Mr. Barbera

Michael Barbera

CEO, Barbera Solutions

Michael Barbera is a Fortune 50 consumer psychologist and strategy consultant, angel investor and award-winning business strategist. He is a business psychologist who is involved in both practical and academic endeavors.

Mr. Barbera's areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, and marketing and long-term business strategies.

Mr. Barbera is currently employed as the CEO of Barbera Solutions and serves as a board member of several organizations. His clients can be found on the Fortune 50 list, ABC's Shark Tank, Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, The Food Network, and include Harley-Davidson, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Hurricanes, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense.

Mr. Barbera began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 13 in New York City hosting concerts for artists such as Warrant, the Goo Goo Dolls and 3 Doors Down. In 2015, the White House recognized Mr. Barbera for his contributions to entrepreneurship. This work includes development and validation of consumer emotions, consumer behavior, product placement, consumer interaction, business growth strategies and judgment and decision-making.

Additionally, Mr. Barbera is a highly sought keynote speaker. Mr. Barbera's keynote topics include observations and results of academic and practitioner research, and insights of social science.

Mr. Barbera is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Judgment and Decision-Making, the Society of Consumer Psychology and the National Speakers Association.

Mr. Barbera is completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics with a focus in time pressure and scarcity. He has a BS in Business Administration and two MBAs: entrepreneurship and executive management.

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

Mr. Barbera can be contacted at +1 800-584-8047 or mbarbera@barberasolutions.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.