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Ms. Dooley

Shannon Dooley

Operations Manager - Quality Assurance Practice, LRA Worldwide

Serving as an Operations Manager in LRA Worldwide's Quality Assurance practice, Shannon specializes in LRA's foodservice, gaming, and boutique clients. Over the past six years, Ms. Dooley spearheaded the development and implementation of customized, experience-driven evaluations for a variety of clients, including Hard Rock Hotels & Resorts, FLIK International, The Kessler Collection, and the San Diego Zoo. In addition, she played integral roles on the project teams for Marriott International, Delaware North Companies, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Station Casinos. Ms. Dooley joined LRA in 2005 as a Consultant handling clients in both Quality Assurance and Consulting Services. In her role, she processed and analyzed customer loyalty research for clients in a variety of sectors, including hospitality, aviation, entertainment, and sports. Ms. Dooley redesigned and coordinated in-field training for the handling of survey data for the hotels of Denali National Park, a member of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging. As a Senior Consultant, she was responsible for the day to day operations of custom service accounts, most notably with Hilton Hotels, as well as several other gaming and hotel management clients. Prior to joining LRA, Ms. Dooley spent several years with the Walt Disney Company as a Guest Services Manager for Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Villas. There, she cultivated her knowledge of 4-Diamond hotel management as well as convention, vacation ownership, and cruise line market segments. During her tenure, Ms. Dooley was selected to independently develop and implement a pilot lobby concierge program to enhance the overall guest experience. In addition, she was appointed as a resort liaison for the launch of Disney's “Magical Gatherings” program, developing a SIEBEL-based training manual to aide in resort-wide staff training. Under her leadership, both the lobby concierge program and training manuals became permanent fixtures at all 21 Walt Disney World Resorts. Ms. Dooley is a graduate of Duke University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Villanova University.

Ms. Dooley can be contacted at 215-449-0349 or Shannon.Dooley@lraworldwide.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.