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Ms. Garwood

Sue Garwood

Manager of Education and Training, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Sue Garwood brings more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience to the Best Western® Hotels & Resorts team. As manager of education and training, she oversees daily operations and programming for the company's Member Learning Resource program. In that role, she oversees the creation, planning and researching of member solutions and is responsible for helping achieve the department's revenue and special performance goals. Ms. Garwood has worked with Best Western on a corporate level for the past ten years, but her association with the company began years before, as general manager and then owner/general manager of a limited-service Best Western property. She has a solid understanding of what it takes to excel on the property level and as a result, she is able to truly help impact the success of members on a daily basis. Ms. Garwood began her career with the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and has held several positions across various segments of the hospitality industry, including hotel sales and marketing, tourism promotion and more. She also previously owned and operated a training company, STG Hosting.

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

Ms. Garwood can be contacted at 602-957-4200 or sue.garwood@bestwestern.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.