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Mr. Feeney

Paul Feeney

Managing Director, Sanford Rose Associates - Wayne

Paul Feeney is currently the Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates - Wayne, an Executive Search Firm located in Northern New Jersey. Sanford Rose Associates was founded in 1959, is a full-service executive search organization conducting retained and contingency searches through a network of 70+ offices worldwide devotes its practice to all areas of finance, accounting, general management, operations, technology, management consulting and project management for national and international searches. Mr. Feeney has over 25 years of executive search management and corporate recruiting experience while working in New York, London and Prague. Mr. Feeney resided in London and Prague for over 10 years working as an Executive Search Manager for Hays Plc and Nicholson International, where he specialized in financial management searches for positions based throughout Europe. In 1994, he then transferred to Prague with Nicholson International for three years where he was a Senior Recruiter for management positions in finance, technology, sales, marketing and general management for Central Europe, Slovenia and Russia. Mr. Feeney's last year in Prague was with PA Consulting Group where he was Manager for their Central European Human Resources Practice. While there he managed the implementation the divisions of executive search, assessment/psychometric testing centers and management training and development courses for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Before returning to the USA, he decided to take some time off and traveled around the world for 20 months throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. Upon returning to the New York area, Mr. Feeney was a Corporate Recruiter at Merrill Lynch within their institutional sales, trading and operations for their US markets. Mr. Feeney graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Please visit http://www.sanfordrose.com/wayne for more information.

Mr. Feeney can be contacted at 201-962-2122 or pfeeney@sanfordrose.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.