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Ms. Simeone

Lisa Simeone

Owner, Simeone Deary Design Group

Lisa Simeone founded Simeone Deary Design Group with Gina Deary in 2002, stepping outside traditional bounds to build an interior design firm that prioritizes the creative process and inspired collaboration with clients. With more than 30 years of experience positioning lifestyle and hospitality brands in the global marketplace, Simeone is renowned worldwide for delivering high-end luxury and forward-thinking authenticity through experiential design.

As an industry leader, Ms. Simeone is sought out to direct the design trajectory of highly-visible and well-known brands such as Aparium Hotel Group, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Oxford Capital Group, Universal Studios and White Lodging among others. Ms. Simeone has led the conceptualization and design direction of luxury hotels, landmark and adaptive reuse projects as well as new builds. Her expansive portfolio includes not only brands, but boutique and celebrity projects in North America, Europe and Asia.

Since the year of its founding, Simeone Deary's excellence has been praised and recognized for their interior design work as well as their branding expertise, receiving the prestigious Communication Arts Award, Hospitality Design Awards, the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design and the Contract Interiors Awards. Central to this success is Ms. Simeone's commitment to a collaborative company culture and a passion for developing her staff of more than 50 interior designers.

Simeone Deary Design Group, established in 2002 by Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary, is an award-winning interior design firm with a distinct artistic perspective to create provocative spaces evoking imagination and conversation. From conceptual design and interior architecture through graphics and branding, Simeone Deary's involvement in a project goes well beyond design. 

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

Ms. Simeone can be contacted at 312-274-0606 or lisa.simeone@simeonedeary.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.