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Ms. Kruse

JoAnne Kruse

Founder, HCpartners

JoAnne Kruse has over twenty years experience in the field of human resources, culminating in the founding of the HR consulting services company, HCpartners. HCpartners is dedicated to supporting companies in the areas of Talent, Rewards and Performance. Ms. Kruse and her team leverage their extensive experiences in acquisition and integration, human resources, infrastructure design, and executive leadership to improve the profit and effectiveness of their client organizations, companies located internationally across all industries. Over the course of her career Ms. Kruse has served in a series of HR executive roles, most recently as EVP Human Resources for Travelport Ltd., a Blackstone Group owned portfolio business specializing in technology services for the travel industry. As the senior executive responsible for global HR across a 6,500 person multibillion dollar company, her accountabilities included global HR, facilities, security, PR/communications, and six sigma/re-engineering. A strong business partner and strategic thought-leader, Ms. Kruse played a critical role in the acquisition, structuring and development of more than the two-dozen companies and the personnel acquired to form this industry leader in business-to-business travel technology. Initially a division of Cendant Corporation, Ms. Kruse and the senior executive team led Travelport through an aggressive growth-through-acquisition strategy and then the subsequent spin-off into a top performing private equity portfolio company. Her experiences include corporate acquisitions, divestitures, the IPO of Orbitz Worldwide, executive compensation, board participation, executive recruitment, development and partnership, and cultural transformation across a global scale. Prior to her tenure with Cendant, Ms. Kruse worked in a variety of human resource positions at PepsiCo, Inc./Frito-Lay. Her career also includes HR roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb/Clairol and the Chase Manhattan Bank where she began her career. Jo-Anne received a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. Committed to education and philanthropy, Ms. Kruse is an adjunct professor with Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching graduate level Human Resource, and she is the Program Director for the Cornell University HR in Hospitality annual conference. Ms. Kruse serves on the Advisory Board for the Leadership Capital Group, a global executive retained search boutique firm, and is an Executive Board Officer of Help Women and Children Now, a NJ-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and life experiences of women and children.

Ms. Kruse can be contacted at 973-896-3302 or jkruse@hc-partners.net

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.