Editorial Board   

Ms. Levtchenko

Adria Levtchenko

CEO & Co-Founder, PurpleCloud Technologies

Hotel technology entrepreneur Adria Levtchenko is CEO and Co-Founder of PurpleCloud Technologies, whose flagship product, Cielo, is a software platform that provides real-time access to data and analytics for operational associates and managers in the hotel industry. 

Under Ms. Levtchenko's tenacity, creativity and guidance, Cielo has become a mature task management and data platform with proven capabilities and cost savings for major hospitality entities.

Ms. Levtchenko's responsibilities at PurpleCloud Technologies include directing the company's investment and business strategies; maintaining relationships with advisors, partners and investors; hotel data analysis strategy and the design of Cielo; and management of the current team of developers, data scientists, and marketing and sales associates.

Prior to forming PurpleCloud Technologies, Ms. Levtchenko was Sales Manager for the Cherry Hills, NJ Residence Inn and held multiple operational positions at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott.

Ms. Levtchenko attended the Hospitality Program at Drexel University and earned from the school a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Ms. Levtchenko can be contacted at adria@purplecloudtech.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.