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Ms. Guitar

Laura Guitar

EVP + Partner, rbb Communications

Laura Guitar leads Reputation & Risk Advisors, a division of rbb Communications, focusing on issues, crisis and reputation management.

Ms. Guitar's experience includes strategic communications programming for clients across a wide range of industries. This includes crisis preparedness planning, issue-oriented campaigns, litigation communications, and programs to mitigate risk and reputational impact including during M&A transactions. Laura is specifically focused on mitigating digital and social reputation impacts associated with major brands, corporations and high-profile individuals.

Her experience includes:

. Participation as a member of Delta Airlines' national crisis response team, with responsibility for on-site crisis response support as needed.

. Development of a comprehensive crisis response plan for a multi-location pediatric specialty healthcare system and training to support multi-level/discipline staff execution of the plan.

. On-call crisis counsel for the world's largest fast food restaurant franchise company.

. Crisis counsel for several law firms, including strategic communications support for the multi-state class action lawsuit filed against a German-based Chinese drywall manufacturer.

. Crisis support for one of the largest independent retailers of wine and spirits in the US.

. Positioning program to offset negative media coverage and business impacts around a medical malpractice lawsuit targeting the largest physician practice group in the Southeast.

. Advocacy campaign for a pediatric healthcare system planning to establish a new children's hospital in Medical City at Lake Nona. Working with local and state elected officials, community organizations, and key influencers, the campaign facilitated state approval in the form of a Certificate of Need in a record 22-month timeframe despite significant opposition.

Ms. Guitar has served a wide range of clients including the Walt Disney Company, Publix, GE Healthcare, the Chinese Ministry of Rail, the University of Florida and multiple health care systems. A graduate of Rollins College, she has been recognized for her professional accomplishments and volunteer efforts with a variety of industry and community awards.

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

Ms. Guitar can be contacted at +1 305-249-1147 or laura.guitar@rbbcommunications.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.