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Ms. Lowman

Tyra Lowman

Senior Director of Spas - Full Service and Luxury Brands, Hilton Worldwide

In collaboration with the Hilton Worldwide Global Spa Operations team, Tyra Lowman develops spa-related initiatives and products that enhance the guest experience at all full-service and luxury hotel brands. In October 2010, Ms. Lowman led the successful launch of eforea: spa at Hilton as the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand's first global spa concept in history. The eforea concept has received more than 147,000,000 media impressions to-date and features a global pipeline of more than 100 spas in development at Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties around the world. As Senior Director Global Spas - Full Service and Luxury Brands, Ms. Lowman shapes the Hilton Worldwide standards for spa operations, service and treatment, design and construction and quality measurements. Ms. Lowman's extensive spa experience of more than 15 years includes serving as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at Brite Smile/Brite Skin, the largest operator of retail medical spas in North America. Prior to working with Brite Smile/Brite Skin, Ms. Lowman held the position of Vice President Operations for Premier Salons, Inc., for six years and is credited with the rapid expansion and growth of Premier's luxury spa brands. She also served as Regional Director of Operations for Atlanta-based Spa Sydell, Inc., and has directed operations at the individual spa level both as spa director and spa owner. Ms. Lowman is an active member of the International Spa Professionals Association (ISPA), Intercouffure International Salon affiliation, National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and Aveda Professionals. She is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and she holds an MBA from Shorter School of Business. Ms. Lowman is also a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician.

Ms. Lowman can be contacted at 703-883-5222 or tyra.lowman@hilton.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.