Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. McIndoe

Bruce McIndoe

President, iJet Intelligent Risk Systems

Bruce McIndoe is President of iJET, a 3i-MIND Company. An iJET founder, Bruce has been the key contributor to the company's strategic growth, securing its position as a leader in business resiliency with the development of the Worldcue® Global Control Center. Under Mr. McIndoe's leadership, iJET has grown from a start-up to an established global provider of travel risk management services for more than 500 organizations in the public and private sectors. With many years of experience in intelligence operations and information technology, Mr. McIndoe is a seasoned expert in travel security, intelligence and risk management. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning, design, development and deployment of a number of large, world-wide intelligence and risk-management systems. He is also involved in the integration of Internet technology and application integration frameworks to support group work throughout the enterprise. Prior to joining iJET, Mr. McIndoe was the founder and CEO of CSSi, an Inc. 500 and four-time Washington Technology FAST 50 company that developed intelligence collection and processing systems for various national intelligence organizations. In addition, he was one of the lead architects for the one of the most productive intelligence programs in the National Security Agency's history. He was also a major contributor to the Future Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Architecture Program and several major Communications Security (COMSEC) programs. Mr. McIndoe holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and is a trustee of Allegheny College, where he received his Bachelor of Science in physics. He has been cited as a travel security expert on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC and was recently recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in the Travel Industry" by Business Travel News. He is an active speaker at conferences and for industry groups such as GBTA, ACTE and NBTA and is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College teaching intelligence related courses.

Mr. McIndoe can be contacted at 410-573-3860 or bruce@ijet.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.