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Mr. Koppelberger

Aaron Koppelberger

National Director of Service, Cintas First Aid & Safety

Aaron Koppelberger is the National Director of Service for Cintas' First Aid & Safety division. In this role, his main focus is on all North American service departments with oversight on the AED product segment.

Cintas, who serves over 1 million customers, is an industry leader in work apparel programs, fire protection, restroom and facility services and first aid & safety supplies. Since its inception, the First Aid & Safety division has deployed more than 70,000 AEDs with 20,000+ AEDs currently under active service agreements and over 700 AED saves to date.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Koppelberger has a passion for AEDs and training. Previously, he proudly served his country as an Army officer. Most recently, he has spent the past 15 years at Cintas in a variety of roles including: Service Manager, General Manager and Regional Business Manager, managing key customer relationships and leading business development.

Mr. Koppelberger has a Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Tampa. Mr. Koppelberger is based in Cintas' Dallas office.

Mr. Koppelberger can be contacted at 469-909-5135 or koppelbergera@cintas.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.