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Mr. Aldridge

Gabe Aldridge

Founding Member, The SUPERGROUP

Gabe Aldridge is an interactive visionary, futurist, entertainer, and co-founder of The SUPERGROUP, an award winning agency that specializes in using technology to draw an audience and generate buzz - something they call interactive attractions. Clients include Disney, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, The Weather Channel, and the U.S. State Department. Mr. Aldridge's career began in 1994 in the enhanced CD and high-end multi-media software spaces. A video and technology aficionado, Mr. Aldridge designed projects for musicians and bands such as Chris Cornell, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Blues Traveler and Weezer. While his work early on in his career forced him to be behind the camera, in a studio, or at a computer, his responsibilities with The SUPERGROUP are much less isolating. Considered "the face" of The SUPERGROUP, Mr. Aldridge not only oversees the agency's design department, but also spearheads the company's business development initiatives. Drawing on his diverse interests, design capabilities, business sense, and knowledge of the web, he is responsible for making sure potential clients become long-standing SUPERGROUP friends. Mr. Aldridge and The SUPERGROUP have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, MSNBC.com, The Modesto Bee, The Atlantan, Communication Arts, Adweek, Promo Magazine, and HOW Magazine. Twitter: twitter.com/themonolith LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gabealdridge About The SUPERGROUP (www.theSUPERGROUP.com) - The SUPERGROUP can best be defined as talented creators of interactive attractions. While not limited to, the agency specializes in creatively executed digital, social media, web development, SEO, viral marketing, and events solutions. Founded in 2002, TSG has become a recognized leader in the creative industry, and one of Atlanta's most unique and talked about design firms. An interdisciplinary creative agency, their creations have been experienced by tens of millions of people. Clients include Disney, Kimberly Clarke, The U.S. State Department, The Weather Channel, AOL / Time Warner, Coca-Cola, and Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Aldridge can be contacted at 404-835-6922 or gabe.aldridge@thesupergroup.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.