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Mr. Gancos

James Gancos

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The Guestbook

James Gancos is a seasoned hotel executive and innovator in the revenue management, distribution, and loyalty disciplines. He has been moderator, panelist, and presenter at countless industry events, including the Direct Booking Summit, Revenue Strategy Summit, Eye for Travel, Independent Lodging Congress, and Revenue Optimization Conference.

Mr. Gancos is currently CEO & Founder of The Guestbook - an holistic direct booking conversion, loyalty, and distribution platform for over 600 hotels that utilizes cash rewards to drive meaningful business results. Mr. Gancos and his team at The Guestbook recently launched a sister service, Gopher, that works for any hotel. Gopher is a Chrome extension that pops up on major OTAs with a link to the respective hotel's own booking engine with a “guaranteed better deal” through a combination of rate and cash rewards.

Prior to founding The Guestbook, Mr. Gancos held General Manager positions at the W Los Angeles, W Istanbul, and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as well as Hotel Manager positions at the Sheraton Seattle and Sheraton Kauai Resort in Hawaii.  In addition, he served as North America Director of Operations for Starwood for three years working directly for the divisional President on all aspects of division management.  He has served on the board of the Hotel Association of Los Angeles and represented hotels for multiple corporate IT, revenue management, and loyalty projects.

Prior to Starwood, Mr. Gancos worked as a Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young specializing in business process reengineering and IT-enablement projects for fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. 

Mr. Gancos graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  

 


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

Mr. Gancos can be contacted at 323-538-0002 or james@theguestbook.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.