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Mr. Mourier

Jean Francois Mourier

Founder & CEO, RevPar Guru Inc.

Jean Francois Mourier arrived in South Florida in 2003 after a successful and distinguished career in Europe as a trader, financial analyst and director for a number of top firms including Merrill Lynch, ING Barings and others. He joined a small Miami Beach hotel management firm as a financial analyst. Applying his vast experience in finance, pricing and technology, he soon revamped the company's revenue management methods, with dramatic results. Occupancy at The Palms Hotel and The National Hotel in Miami Beach increased from 63% in 2003 to 96% in 2007, while steadily increasing average room rates. This was remarkable, but not surprising in light of Jean Francois' earlier achievements in the finance trade, where he modernized operations by introducing options and new products, increased customer sales by 100% through aggressive pricing strategies, sales training and product marketing, and doubled new issue business. A few months after joining the company, Mourier added the position of Director of Revenue Management to his resume and implemented a unique and revolutionary pricing scheme that yielded a 100% increase in revenues, earning him several awards in recognition of his out-of-the box creativity and methodology. In addition, he successfully trained and managed three programmers and four executives in his methods and philosophies, ensuring the perpetuation of his management, marketing and pricing policies. In 2007, along with his colleague and 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Bruno Perez, Mourier founded RevPar Guru to provide the Yield Dynamic Price Engine, an integrated revenue management and pricing solution, to others in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Mourier can be contacted at 786-478-3500 or clientservices@revparguru.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.