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Ms. Noble Bean

Nicki Noble Bean

Director of Marketing, The Nonantum Resort

Nicki Noble Bean, Director of Marketing for The Nonantum Resort, is passionate about destination marketing. She launched the resort's brand new mobile-responsive website this past fall, and handles all of the social media, email campaigns, advertising, PR, packages and promotions, and special event sponsorships.

Ms. Bean organized and promoted the Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner via Trolley series, in collaboration with numerous local restaurant partners. She serves on the Board of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and is Co-Chair of the Chamber's Destination Marketing & PR Committee.

Ms. Bean also serves on the Board of the Maine Beaches Association, one of the eight regional partners of the Maine Office of Tourism, which works to promote year-round visitation to the southern Maine coast from Kittery to Kennebunkport to Old Orchard Beach.

Prior to her work at the Nonantum, Ms. Bean worked in both the sales and marketing disciplines - going from group sales at the Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston to marketing at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore.

Ms. Bean served as Tourism Manager at the Greater Portsmouth, NH Chamber of Commerce, working to promote the Seacoast area as a vibrant year-round destination. There she organized and co-founded Restaurant Week Portsmouth, hosted National Geographic's Geotourism editor for a Chamber Breakfast Forum, and worked closely with a variety of regional and statewide tourism partners, serving on the Board of the New Hampshire Travel Council.

Ms. Bean graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and Journalism, and began her career in the travel industry designing customized international tours for student groups at EF Educational Tours in Cambridge, MA. Her international travel experience includes London, Paris, Rome, Athens & the Greek isles, Munich, Venice, Lucerne, Vienna, Sydney & the eastern coast of Australia; Tanzania, Kenya; and more.

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

Ms. Noble Bean can be contacted at 207-494-1270 or nicki@nonantumresort.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.