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Ms. Papenhoff

Michaela Papenhoff

Managing Director, h2c

Michaela Papenhoff is Managing Director of h2c, a Germany-based company that specializes in hospitality commerce supporting hotel chains and large individual properties increasing success when selling online and offline. Building on 25 years of hospitality experience, Ms. Papenhoff early recognized the initial stage of electronic and Internet distribution and the great potential of global marketing. Prior to founding h2c 10 years ago, Ms. Papenhoff worked as Director of E-Distribution and E-Marketing at a leading European representation company with more than 200 member hotels. She implemented the company's first central reservation system and was accountable for all properties' revenues via electronic channels. Concurrently, she set up a CRS specialist's team which trained all associated hotels, thus providing an on-demand knowledge pool. Ms. Papenhoff has worked in several functions prior to founding her own company including front desk, reservations, sales development and public relations at international hotels chains. Clients benefit from h2c's expert team in the areas of distribution strategy development via international and national channels, implementing effective SEO/SEM strategy, training how to improve processes and technology, market research and business intelligence. In her beginnings with h2c, Ms. Papenhoff also served as PhoCusWright's Inc. Managing Director Europe representing the company in this region, holding speeches during industry events and conducting high quality research. Today, h2c assists PhoCusWright in carrying out market research projects with a core focus on the European and Middle East countries. By completing her International Executive MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University, Ms. Papenhoff could deepen her skills in marketing, finance, leadership development und change management; her industry insight initially began with a professional hospitality education program.

Ms. Papenhoff can be contacted at 49-211-239-8360 or papenhoff@h2c.de

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.