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Mr. Pfeifer

Luke Pfeifer

Director of Product Management, Agilysys

Luke Pfeifer holds the position of director of product management at Agilysys. Agilysys is a leading technology company that provides innovative software and services for property management, point-of-sale, reservation and table management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry.

Mr. Pfeifer is responsible for driving the vision and direction for Agilysys' hotel property management technology solutions. He also led the design, development and launch of the company's groundbreaking rGuest® Stay property management system.

Mr. Pfeifer joined Agilysys in 2009 and has served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. He is responsible for guiding the direction of the company's property management systems. Prior to Agilysys, he enjoyed approximately 10 years in hospitality operations most recently at Kalahari Resorts where he served as Rooms Division Director in Sandusky, Ohio.

Mr. Pfeifer has worked for other organizations including Gemstone Resorts (now Benchmark), Great Wolf Resorts, and Pride Hospitality. In addition to his hospitality operations tenure, he founded Global Logics Guest Link a service that installed some of the first WIFI-enabled hotels in Wisconsin. He was also the founder of Digital Axis, a leading internet provider in Wisconsin. He sold Digital Axis in 1999.

Mr. Pfeifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from Lakeland College (now Lakeland University). Agilysys operates throughout North America, Europe and Asia, with corporate services located in Alpharetta, GA, and offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and India.

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

Mr. Pfeifer can be contacted at 877-369-6208 or luke.pfeifer@agilysys.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.