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Ms. Paquin

Megan Paquin

Marketing Manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Megan Paquin, APR is marketing manager at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Located in the heart of Orlando's International Drive resort area and directly connected to the Orange County Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Orlando offers unparalleled leisure, meetings and convention facilities. Featuring 1,639 guestrooms and 315,000 square feet of meeting space - and with over two million square feet of space in the Orange County Convention Center to which the hotel is attached - Hyatt Regency Orlando is the largest convention hotel for the brand in the United States.

Ms. Paquin is an accredited and award-winning marketing communications professional, trusted to lead strategic marketing campaigns for some of the world's most respected brands. She started her career with MGM Resorts International where she specialized in international media relations and national broadcast for hotels in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a member of the opening public relations team for CityCenter, a 76-acre, mixed-use urban development with 5,900 hotel rooms. It is the largest privately funded construction project in the United States.

Fearless in her creative abilities and business acumen, Ms. Paquin went on to earn professional recognition for her work with Fry Hammond Barr, an integrated marketing agency in Orlando, Fla., on behalf of The Peabody Orlando. Leading public relations efforts for one of the nation's top meetings hotels, she and her team received several Silver and Gold Adrian Awards from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Her work with Fry Hammond Barr also won awards in media relations and crisis communication from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). Ms. Paquin later demonstrated her business acumen in the luxury market as communications manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a Caribbean, AAA Five-Diamond resort with 365 rooms and suites, five onsite restaurants including Blue by Eric Ripert, a la prairie spa and Greg Norman-designed golf course, before returning to Orlando to her current role at Hyatt Regency Orlando.

She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Organizational Communication, Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and an M.A. candidate in Behavioral Economics at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Paquin currently serves on the Global Communications Committee for Visit Orlando and is Director of Communications for MPI Orlando.

Please visit http://www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com for more information.

Ms. Paquin can be contacted at 407-284-1234 or megan.paquin@hyatt.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.