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Mr. Laginia

Juan Pablo Laginia

Director of Operations, InterContinental San Francisco

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Juan Pablo Laginia holds a degree in Administration of Tourism Enterprises from the Universidad Nueva Esparta. After completing these studies in 2002, Laginia continued a multitude of hospitality course work, including those at the Revenue Academy in Lima, Peru as well as the Concierge Academy in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Laginia first joined the InterContinental Hotels Group in September 2000, assisting with Front Desk and Front Office operations and management at the InterContinental Tamanaco in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2006 Mr. Laginia joined the team at the InterContinental Miami and subsequently trained to become the Assistant Director of Front Office in 2008. Upon his move to the InterContinental San Francisco in 2009, Mr. Laginia was appointed as the Director of Front Office Operations, followed by two years as the Director of Rooms Division. In this role, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and overseeing the Front Office, Housekeeping, Security and IT departments. Mr. Laginia was also instrumental in the creation of the hotel's Innovation Committee and has worked on several projects associated with InterContinental San Francisco's LEED certification, all of which contribute to increasing guest satisfaction. His newest role at the InterContinental San Francisco is as Director of Operations, overseeing not only the Rooms Division but also supporting the Food & Beverage and Accounting divisions.

Mr. Laginia can be contacted at 415-616-6500 or juan.pablo@ihg.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.