Editorial Board   

Mr. Cheatham

Michael J. Cheatham

Director of Sales Recruitment, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Michael J. Cheatham is the director of sales recruitment for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and President of Inspired Solutions and Associates. In his position with Hyatt, Cheatham's responsibilities include recruiting candidates for management positions in sales, catering and convention services, developing directors and senior level managers, assisting in the training of entry level and junior managers and those areas with regards to employee satisfaction, retention, motivation and recognition. He also is a member of Hyatt's Diversity Council and reports directly to Fred Shea vice president of sales for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Cheatham's prior hospitality experience includes sales positions with Marriott Hotels in Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the corporate offices in Maryland. He joined Hyatt in 1994 and held the positions of associate director of sales in Illinois and Louisiana and director of sales in New Mexico. Cheatham founded Inspired Solutions & Associates in 2003. In this position, he oversees a consulting group that specializes in sales training, individualized coaching and inspired presentations. He has inspired audiences across the U.S. ranging in size up to 5000. Cheatham presently serves as a national board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and has since October 1999. His involvement began in 1990 as a volunteer for the Southern Florida Chapter. Since that time, he has served as a volunteer with chapters in Illinois, Louisiana and Ohio and on the local boards in New Mexico and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cheatham can be contacted at 312-750-8028 or mcheatha@corphq.hyatt.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.