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Mr. Garrett

Derrick Garrett

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Roundhouse Multimedia

Derrick Garrett, founder and CEO of Roundhouse Multimedia, transform brands one sound and one song at time. He has honed years of music production experience in establishing a global Music Architecture™ firm that uses a patented process to establish unique brand affinity and consumer loyalty.

His proprietary Music Architecture concept takes a strategic, skilled approach - always shaped around clients' objectives - and programs every space with sound-specific matches that tie to the DNA of the brand. This creates a deeper connection and memorable experience; reinforcing positive engagement between consumers and branded environments.

Mr. Garrett programs the sound for a space the same way the architect looks at design of that very space. With Music Architecture™ the sound is designed to fit a space in the same way the artwork does, going far beyond curating playlists. All aspects of the environment have to reflect the essence of the brand.

Mr. Garrett is an innovator in the music/sound space, as well as the hospitality industry. He has brought an unparalleled approach, recognizing that sound is the most underutilized of the five senses in hotels. His innovations include the first-ever hotel CD with original music, then a branded hotel radio channel. Roundhouse clients include Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Banyan Tree, Blue Diamond Resorts and Baha Mar, to name a few.

Previously Mr. Garrett was a successful audio engineer and producer for artists such as K-Ci & JoJo, Bobby Brown, Vanessa Williams, and Elvis Costello. It's his deep musical roots that led him to giving serious thought to what people listen to and how they listen to it. His musical expertise is a combination of passion and precision; the sounds he curates resonate with people and drive brand loyalty. His approach is a mix of creativity and strategy; a careful combination of who the brand is and who they want to attract.

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

Mr. Garrett can be contacted at +1 203-489-5035 or dgarrett@roundhousemultimedia.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.