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Mr. Brown

Jason Brown

Senior Product Manager, GuestTek

Jason  Brown's love of the arts led him to study film at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.  But after  graduation, he discovered his affinity for business strategy and began a career in finance.   After several years, Mr. Brown inevitably gravitated towards roles which allowed him to bring his perspective to creative and innovative companies such as Alliance Atlatic, Veer, Corbis - and now GuestTek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.

Prior to GuestTek, Mr. Brown was the Director of Media Partners for Corbis, a major media licensing company. While with Corbis, Mr. Brown built their global third party offering, represented the company within the image licensing industry, identified new partnerships, brokered deals, negotiated contract terms, and was largely responsible for product line performance and business practices.

For the last 4 years, Mr. Brown has developed film studio relationships for GuestTek, streamlining their Video on Demand (VOD) workflow and developing processes to manage significant growth in their VOD product.  Mr. Brown has created a strategy to adapt the GuestTek business model to meet the evolving ways customers expect to access content. This ties in well with the latest addition to Mr. Brown's portfolio, his new role as Senior Product Manager of GuestTek's MyMedia product. MyMedia allows hotels to give guests the ability to stream content from Over-the-Top (OTT) Streaming Apps directly on the in-room TV. Mr. Brown is excited to be able to work with not only the content itself, but also on content delivery methods - both through MyMedia and on the future of VOD - at the intersection of art, business and technology.

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

Mr. Brown can be contacted at 403-975-8552 or jason.brownstone@gmail.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.