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Mr. Schanfarber

EJ Schanfarber

President & Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Hospitality

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Hospitality, EJ Schanfarber is directly responsible for day-to-day supervision of Alliance Hospitality's third-party hotel management assignments. Additionally, Mr. Schanfarber directs Alliance Hospitality's executive staff, including in the areas of financing, revenue management, human resources and corporate sales. Mr. Schanfarber works closely with Alliance Hospitality Chairman Rolf Tweeten in the areas of strategic growth planning, brand relationships, acquisitions and investor relations. Working with Tweeten, Mr. Schanfarber has helped forge Alliance Hospitality's operating philosophy of managing hospitality assets “from the perspective of ownership,” aligning with their strategic goals and objectives. With more than thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Schanfarber is known for his management and people skills, as well as his keen understanding of market segments, operations in resort-driven locales and consumer trends. Mr. Schanfarber has excellent experience working with all classes of lodging property types, including select service, full service, and destination resorts with a focus on luxury and lifestyle assets. In these assignments, Mr. Schanfarber has worked with all major hotel brands, including Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Starwood, Choice, Wyndham, and Carlson Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Schanfarber's development experience includes award winning ground-up projects in the Caribbean. Mr. Schanfarber is also respected as an industry leader in the areas of sustainable development and eco-friendly operating initiatives. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Schanfarber began his career in the hotel industry with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in 1981. He has also served as Executive Officer for Divi Resorts Group, a premier developer and operator of destination resorts in the Caribbean and has held senior management positions with Remington Hotels, Extended Stay America, Omni Hotels & Resorts, and Durango Mountain Resort.

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

Mr. Schanfarber can be contacted at 919-791-1801 or ejschanfarber@alliancehospitality.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.