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Mr. Markham

Clay Markham

Global Hospitality Sector Leader, CallisonRTKL

Clay Markham leads CallisonRTKL's hospitality sector with a dynamic, comprehensive design and management approach to architecture, interior design and strategic branding. With nearly 40 years in the industry, Mr. Markham has worked on projects all over the world and is a firm believer in choreographing rich guest experiences that help brands build loyal customers. His deep market knowledge and a lifetime of traveling the globe allow him to easily transition from single-use environments to large-scale master plans to mixed-use projects that cover a variety of sectors, from hospitality to world-class entertainment venues.

Mr. Markham is a strong proponent and supporter of research and analytics, using detailed data mining, demographics and industry trends to point the way toward the future of hospitality. His design philosophy centers on the convergence between food experience, flexibility and looking to the future of what travelers will want in five, 10 or even 30 years. Mr. Markham looks at his projects holistically, working not just from a design perspective but with the operations team to understand back-of-house issues and logistics, as well as marketing to understand strategy and positioning, tying everything back to the guest.  

Mr. Markham is a frequent speaker and contributor to industry publications; he is a go-to expert for all things hospitality and travel. His compelling designs and successful project delivery skills have resulted in award-winning projects for individual developers and owners as well as top-tier brands, including Marriott International, Hyatt Hotel Corporation, and InterContinental Hotel Group, not to mention the new, super sustainable AC Hotel in South San Francisco.  

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

Mr. Markham can be contacted at +1 410-537-6000 or clay.markham@callisonrtkl.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.