Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Dionne

David Dionne

National Account Executive, Beanstalk Builders

David Dionne is National Account Executive with Beanstalk Builders.

Mr. Dionne served on committees at the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts, as Chairman of the National Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway Alliance and was appointed the Chairman of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

In 2011 Mr. Dionne was one of a select group of individuals to be awarded the title of Trail Champion by the Rails to Trails Conservancy. He currently serves on the advisory Committee of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham as they update the Regional Bicycle Pedestrian Plan.

Mr. Dionne is a 1979 graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wild Lands Administration, a graduate of two community Leadership programs, the Maryland Park Warden School and four professional development courses at Outward Bound schools in the North Carolina and Maine wilderness. He has extensive experience hiking, climbing, cycling and kayaking in wilderness areas and parks across the nation.


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

Mr. Dionne can be contacted at 205-983-2407 or dave@beanstalkjourneys.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.