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Ms. White

Kristi White

Director of Revenue Optimization, TravelCLICK, Inc.

Kristi White is Director of Revenue Optimization for TravelCLICK. An industry veteran, Ms. White leads one of the most unique organizations within TravelCLICK, the Revenue Optimization Team. Her team is dedicated to providing personalized attention to TravelCLICK's iHotelier Central Reservations customers to maximize each hotel's transactions revenue through best practices in marketing and distribution. On a regular basis, Ms. White advises hundred's of hotels across the globe on their business strategy, improving hotel performance and overall profitability. Ms. White has more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry with positions ranging from Front Office Operations to Regional Director of Sales at both independent and flagged hotels. Before joining TravelCLICK, she built and managed a Revenue Management organization with Vantis Corporation where she was responsible for growing hotel performance for their 1,000+ hotel portfolio. A recognized expert in her field, she is a frequent speaker on revenue management and distribution at industry conferences and hospitality schools. Ms. White is also a member of the Board of Directors for the HSMAI Revenue Management Special Interest Group. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University and a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and Certified Hospitality Supervisor certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Ms. White can be contacted at 817-719-2956 or kwhite@travelclick.net

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.