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Mr. Bocherer

Joe Bocherer

Chief Commercial Officer, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA)

Joe  Bocherer, an experienced and proven leader within the convention, hospitality and tourism industries, serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The GWCCA campus, which includes the 3.9 million- square-foot Georgia World Congress Center, the 21- acre Centennial Olympic Park, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Junior Achievement Discovery Center and state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world. Additionally the GWCCA manages operations of the Savannah International Trade & Convention center.

As the GWCCA's Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Bocherer presides over Sales, Event and Guest Services, Business Development, Customer Analytics, Revenue Management, and all products and contracted service agreements.

Before taking on this role Mr. Bocherer recently served as Head of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) U.S. franchise division; he has 20 years of convention and visitors bureau and hotel sales experience with extensive knowledge of group and transient-driven business. He has also served as Vice President of Sales for Experience Columbus (Ohio), Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing for White Lodging, and has held several key positions with Hyatt Hotels including Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Regional Vice President of Sales over the Southeast select service division.

Mr. Bocherer earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He likes to spend time at the lake, golfing, mountain biking, playing basketball, snow skiing and watching his kids compete in various sports.

Please visit http://www.gwcca.org for more information.

Mr. Bocherer can be contacted at 404-223-4011 or jbocherer@gwcca.org

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.