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Dr. Barsky

Jonathan Barsky

Partner, Market Metrix

Dr. Jonathan Barsky, PhD co-founder and partner of Market Metrix, is a professor of marketing at University of San Francisco's School of Business and Management and an internationally known consultant and lecturer in the area of customer satisfaction. Professor Barsky is the author of two bestselling books, World Class Customer Satisfaction and Finding the Profit in Customer Satisfaction, and has published more than 100 articles on the subject. His current work on customer satisfaction, including his pioneering work on consumer emotions, has won numerous awards and has been incorporated into the curricula of U.S. business schools. In his role as Vice President of Research Dr. Barsky oversees research and development activities at Market Metrix. This includes the development and direction of research aimed at improving current products and generating ideas for new products and services. He also works closely with customers to review and use existing customer insights to aid in innovation. Peer Reviewed Journals - Barsky, Jonathan. Critical Behaviors and Trends of Casino Customers: A New Segmentation model For The North American Gaming Industry, Global Business Development Journal, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. The Effectiveness of Casino Loyalty Programs - Their Influence on Satisfaction, Emotional Connections, Loyalty and Price Sensitivity, Global Business Development Journal, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Are TripAdvisor Reviews Bogus? The Reliability of User-Generated Reviews. Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. - Are TripAdvisor Reviews Bogus? | The Reliability of User-Generated Reviews from the IABPAD Conference held on July 25-28, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii received a “research award” and was published in the IABPAD journal Chapter in text book - Barsky, Jonathan. Hotel Loyalty Programs. International Encyclopedia Of Hospitality Management, 2nd Edition, 2010. Other publications - Barsky, Jonathan. Balance your feedback strategy. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, August 24, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Casino Customer Attitudes and Behaviors. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, June 17, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Las Vegas vs. Macau. Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, March 31, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. What is more important than location in selecting a hotel? Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, January 13, 2010 - Barsky, Jonathan. Can an exciting casino experience change consumers' current gloomy mood? Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, November 12, 2009 - Barsky, Jonathan. Handling Online Reviews-Best Practices Hotel and Motel Management, Advanstar Communications, August 20, 2009

Dr. Barsky can be contacted at 415-721-1300 or jbarsky@marketmetrix.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.