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Mr. Weaver

Shane Weaver

Director of Strategy, MaxMedia

Shane Weaver is the Director of Strategy at MaxMedia, an experience design agency that has been operating in Atlanta for more than 20 years. MaxMedia' success is driven by its core focus of addressing business challenges through problem solving for their end users. Mr. Weaver plays an important role in delivering human-centric solutions to these clients. With more than 15 years in the marketing space working with brands such as IHG, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide, Mr. Weaver has mastered the art and science of helping brands find their true voice in a crowded market place that is oversaturated with flat product promises, forced offerings and friction-packed experiences. Mr. Weaver's role is to help companies sort their way through these challenges. His passion resides in working with companies to focus on their relevance, emotional resonance and brand authenticity; and to best position them for positive change in today's noisy and competitive business environments. To that end, Mr. Weaver has deep experience guiding cross-functional teams to address client needs across a breadth of brands including The Home Depot, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Sony and Disney. Prior to joining MaxMedia, Mr. Weaver worked as an experience design consultant where he worked with Fortune 100 brands to help guide them in building frictionless customer experiences that aligned with business goals, market trends and societal change. His previous roles included Senior Manager, Digital Strategy and Insights at consultative design firm Sparks Grove, where he spent nearly four years as a strategy lead for highly collaborative teams to produce and deliver products, campaigns and experiences for Fortune 500 companies.

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

Mr. Weaver can be contacted at 404-564-0063 or hello@maxmedia.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.