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Ms. Segerberg

Jane Segerberg

Founder & President, Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC

Jane Segerberg is founder and president of Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC. Her commitment to excellence is the foundation of a distinguished, 30-year career of achievement and leadership in the inter-related disciplines of the wellness, hospitality and spa industries. With 18 years of Five-Star resort experience and 11 years in the spa design and consulting business, Ms. Segerberg is recognized as an eminent authority on spa operations and business strategies. As President of SSC, Ms. Segerberg directs all aspects of the firm's consulting services including concept and facility design, operations and program development, staffing and training, marketing, facility openings and spa management. She worked with Sea Island Company, Sea Island, Georgia for eight years before opening the Sea Island Spa and managing its operations for an additional ten years. Under her leadership and innovative programming and business acumen, Sea Island Spa was the first spa chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine as The Best Spa in North America, as well as receiving numerous other awards. Sea Island Spa remains on the Travel & Leisure lists of top resort spas. As an esteemed consultant, Ms. Segerberg has provided design and operations expertise to a broad array of spa and resort projects, traveling extensively to spas worldwide and developing a broad knowledge and understanding of the international spa industry. Ms. Segerberg recently served three elected terms as Chairman of the International Spa Association and continues to serve on the Past Chairman's Council and the Leadership Development Task Force. She is the recipient of the prestigious ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award and is credited with the tremendous growth of ISPA. The largest spa industry trade association, ISPA has grown to be a global organization with over 3,200 members representing 86 countries. Members include spa owners, directors and service providers. Ms. Segerberg was recently recognized by American Spa Magazine as one of four top spa consultants as voted by the magazine's Professional's Choice Awards in which readers-who are the top decision makers at resort and destination spas, day spas and medical spas-vote for their favorites in the industry. The Awards have become the standard for recognizing spa industry leaders. As a highly sought-after consultant and lecturer, Ms. Segerberg has spoken internationally to various organizations and has been featured in radio, television and internet interviews including Fox TV, National Public Radio, and WebMD. As a leading authority on spa trends and programming, Ms. Segerberg has been widely quoted in key publications such as WorldTravel & Tourism Development, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Allure, American Spa, Businessweek.com, ABC News.com, Resort & Recreation and Hotel Executive Magazine. She holds a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education from Heidelberg University. She is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine, Cooper Aerobics Research Institute, American Council on Exercise and has appeared in Who's Who in American Women.

Ms. Segerberg can be contacted at 912-222-1518 or janesegerberg@yahoo.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.