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Ms. Martin Yack

Deirdre Martin Yack

Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel 50 Bowery

Deirdre Martin Yack, director of sales and marketing for Manhattan's Hotel 50 Bowery, draws on more than two decades of experience in upscale New York City hotels to launch the city's first Joie de Vivre property. Ms. Yack and her team coordinate direct sales and marketing efforts to position the boutique luxury hotel as an adventurous Chinatown destination honoring its historical location. She also develops programs that connect to the city's culture, including an on-site exhibit curated by the Museum of Chinese in America. Throughout her career, Ms. Yack's commitment to the individual experience remains essential to her success, in both leading a team and pleasing hotel guests. “I take great pride in mentoring those on my team, and watching them grow in the industry,” she says. Though she typically focuses on big-picture concepts, Ms. Yack's overarching goal is an exceptional guest experience. “While it's easy to get wrapped up in the numbers, I always remember that there's a guest involved, and their comfort and satisfaction is our priority,” she says. A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Yack grew up on Long Island and attended Johnson and Wales University. While her experience working in a local restaurant as a teenager inspired her education, Ms. Yack focused on the hotel industry and kicked off her career with a position as reservation sales coordinator for Le Parker Meridien. Within a year, she earned a promotion to sales manager, and spent the next five years developing feeder markets for the AAA Four Diamond property. During this time, Ms. Yack also committed three years to the United States Air Force Reserves as a senior airman, undergoing basic training and committing one weekend a month to the organization. The experience solidified Ms. Yack's value of respect, teamwork, and an effective chain of command, tenets that continue to guide her as a hospitality professional.

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Ms. Martin Yack can be contacted at 212-508-8000 or 50bowerysales@jdvhotels.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.