Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Ackerman

Carol Ackerman

Founder, The Ackerman Group

Carol Ackerman enjoys working with a wide variety of clients in the areas of real estate design and development both in the US and Mexico. She explores the world from both the visual and verbal aspects of storytelling. She has art-directed and written for video and print publications, including hotel, retail and resort collateral. Her public relations and master planning design experience led to the co-founding of Resort Golf Media, which published “Desert Dreams, Desert Romance: The History of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa”, now in its third printing. Ms. Ackerman has fulfilled communications, design, entitlement and real estate development assignments for Walt Disney, Starwood Hotels, GMA International, Hacienda de los Santos, the Los Angeles Times, Nicklaus Design, and Arnold Palmer's Restaurant. As an officer in an international master planning firm, she works on design/development teams for a wide array of projects with an element of hospitality involved: wellness facilities including spas; golf club houses, boutique hotels and resort complexes; marinas, theme parks, sports complexes and mixed use venues which include destination retail, residential and recreational amenities. Notable event productions have included the St. Regis Hotel NYC, Azimut & Benetti Group, Italian Wine Merchants, KSL Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Golf Living Magazine, and the Pebble Beach Company. Ms. Ackerman resides in Phoenix, AZ and travels as often as possible visiting family throughout the US and to Mexico, where she is engaged in a large resort community development on the Cabo peninsula.

Ms. Ackerman can be contacted at 602-684-6800 or carol@theackermangroup.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.