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Ms. Tower

Amanda Tower

Global Communications and Branding Manager, Wilson Associates

Amanda Tower is the Global Communications and Branding Manager for Wilson Associates interior architecture firm. Wilson Associates creates new definitions of luxury for an era that is increasingly well-travelled, connected and culturally diverse. For more than 40 years, the firm's dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have created the world's most trendsetting, iconic projects. Through its dedication to progressive design, Wilson Associates aims to inspire and engage its clients, people and world culture. Ms. Tower brings nearly 15 years of communications, marketing, talent recruitment and public relations experience to Wilson. She plays an important role in shaping the strategy and global image of the firm. In addition to content planning and strategy, Ms. Tower creates dynamic content for print and digital platforms to generate increased leads, impressions and brand engagement. Her familiarity with the vast world of art and design began at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she helped coordinate and execute a variety of campaigns and strategies, many of which won regional and national CASE, ADDY and HOW Magazine awards. Ms. Tower believes collaboration, curiosity and employing design thinking methodologies result in some of the most innovative ideas. Founded in 1971, Wilson Associates employs over 300 design professionals throughout its eight global offices. Headquartered Dallas the firm has several offices throughout the world in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris (Atelier), Shanghai and Singapore. Wilson Associates is committed to providing the highest level of luxury design and client service through a full range of design services.

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

Ms. Tower can be contacted at 214-521-6753 or atower@wilsonassoc.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.