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Ms. Holloway

Tracey Holloway

Vice President of Human Resources, Stanford Hotels Corporation

Tracey Holloway is vice president of human resources for Stanford Hotels Corp., a San Francisco-based company specializing in the management, ownership and development of full-service hotels. Holloway is responsible for overseeing all human resource affairs for Stanford's 2,800 employees and Cresleigh Homes Group, an affiliate of Stanford, specializing in the development and construction of residential homes in California and Arizona. Holloway oversees all employee relations, legal issues, compliance issues, benefits and workers compensation. Holloway is a Certified Human Resources Executive with 14 years of experience. She began her career with Macy's/Federated Department Stores, and during her tenure was involved with all six acquisitions and mergers involving Bullocks, Broadway, Imagnin, Macy's West/East and Federated. In 1998 she joined Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and was instrumental in building the company culture, including Kimpton University Training Program, College Recruiting Program, Housekeeping Olympics and Sabbatical Program. The company grew from 20 hotels to 40 over the course of her employment. She has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Northern California Human Resources Association, Society of Human Resources Managers and has served on the Hospitality Advisory Board and San Francisco State University for five years.

Ms. Holloway can be contacted at 415-398-3333 or tholloway@stanfordhotels.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.