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Ms. Griffin

Nancy Griffin

Founder, Contento Marketing

Nancy Griffin is a recognized leader in the spa industry. Known as a trendsetter in spa and wellness for more than 20 years, Ms. Griffin completed Graduate Management studies at the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where she performed research for the International Spa Association. After graduating in 1995, she founded her first marketing firm, The Wellness Resource.

Ms. Griffin's specialty is the creation of marketing and networking platforms that bring together the fragmented spa industry. In 2000, she founded SpaTrade.com—the spa first online community. In 2007, she founded SpaExec, boutique regional trade events for spa executives. Questex Media Group acquired SpaTrade and SpaExec in August 2008. Ms. Griffin continued on as Executive Director of SpaTrade and SpaExec for 2 years. During that time she also directed the educational programs for the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences (IECSC). She currently manages the annual ISPA Media event in New York City, curating sponsors, journalists and influencers in travel, spa and beauty.

In October 2010, Ms. Griffin founded her current marketing and PR consulting firm, Contento Marketing. Contento has been helping brands successfully penetrate the spa market through creative marketing, PR and sales strategies. Uncovering an unmet need for retail support in spas, Contento has partnered with long-time client TouchAmerica on a new venture—BESPOKE Artful Retail Display Solutions.

A sought-after speaker, Ms. Griffin has spoken at dozens of industry events, including the ISPA Conference, Luxury Travel Expo, Professional Spa London and Cosmoprof Bologna.


Please visit http:\\www.contentomarketing.com for more information.

Ms. Griffin can be contacted at 415-987-0012 or nancy@contentomarketing.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.