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Mr. Boles

Jesse Boles

Executive Director of Operations, FreemanGroup

Jesse Boles joined FreemanGroup in 2007, and assumed the role of Executive Director of Operations in November 2008. He is currently responsible for FreemanGroup's training and measurement divisions, heading projects in conjunction with some of the hospitality industry's leading service providers. Mr. Boles has worked with leadership teams to develop brand service cultures at both existing and new properties for Las Vegas casinos and luxury hotels. He has been integral in the set up and execution of brand-specific measurement programs for Wyndham Hotel Group, Hard Rock International, Delaware North Companies, and MGM Resorts International. Mr. Boles has a passion for opening new properties, and has had the privilege of consulting during the openings of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, MGM Grand Detroit, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, and the historic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, among others. He has also helped develop and lead customer service training initiatives for existing client properties for Destination Hotels and Resorts, Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans, and The Mirage Resort & Casino. In 2010, Mr. Boles initiated two of the largest and most complex training and measurement projects undertaken by FreemanGroup. In May 2010, FreemanGroup kicked off a nationwide service training initiative for Trinidad and Tobago, a country of 1.4 million people. The ongoing project targets providers in all areas of the tourism industry, including those in the immigrations, customs, taxi, hotel, restaurant, retail, and other sectors. In June 2010, work began on the development and implementation of an airport-wide service initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest air traffic center. Mr. Boles's profound interest in the ways organizations and groups function has led him to explore a wide array of fields, including behavioral economics, cognitive science, leadership, and motivation. Raised in Wisconsin, he is a product of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and steadfast fan of all things Bucky Badger.

Mr. Boles can be contacted at 972-479-1345 or jboles@freemangroup.org

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.