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Dr. Kimes

Sheryl E. Kimes

Professor of Operations Management, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Sheryl E. Kimes is a professor of operations management in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. From 2005-2006, she served as interim dean of the Hotel School and from 2001- 2005, she served as the school's director of graduate studies. She teaches courses in restaurant revenue management, advanced revenue management, service operations management and advanced hospitality operations management. Dr. Kimes's research interests include revenue management and forecasting in the restaurant, hotel, and golf industries. She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Service Operations of the Production and Operations Management Society and was honored with the Industry Relevance Award by the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research in 2010. Dr. Kimes was awarded the La Quinta Research Fellowship, and has received 20 university research grants. She has been listed in Who's Who and has been named as the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Graduate Teacher of the Year three times. Dr. Kimes has published more than 50 articles in leading journals such as Interfaces, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Operational Research, and the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. She is the author/co-author of over 30 national and international conference papers and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences. Professor Kimes serves as a consultant to many business enterprises around the world. Her work is focused primarily on maximizing revenue management practices. She has served the hospitality industry as a consultant to many business enterprises around the world, including Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Walt Disney World Resorts, Yum Brands, The Peninsula Group, Aramark, Starwood Asia-Pacific and Troon Golf. Professor Kimes earned her doctorate in operations management in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds an M.B.A. from New Mexico State University; an M.A.P.A. from the University of Virginia; and an A.B. from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Kimes can be contacted at 607.255.3692 or sek6@cornell.edu

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.