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Mr. Pearson

Bryan Pearson

President & CEO, LoyaltyOne Inc.

With more than two decades experience developing meaningful customer relationships for some of the world's leading companies, Bryan Pearson is an internationally recognized expert and author in the fields of enterprise loyalty and coalition marketing. As President of LoyaltyOne, a pioneer in loyalty strategies and measured marketing, he heads six global enterprises, leveraging the knowledge of 120 million customer relationships over 20 years to create relevant communications and enhanced shopper experiences. A sought-after speaker and author of the forthcoming book The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, Mr. Pearson has presented in North and South America, Europe and Asia at such well-known events as Loyalty World, Card Forum and the Economic Club of Canada. He also is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the Direct Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association. Mr. Pearson has been quoted in more than 150 U.S. news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a regular contributor to Retail Customer Experience, Customer Think, Creative Match and COLLOQUY and has been widely quoted in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, National Post and Direct Marketing News. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Alliance Data, owner of LoyaltyOne. The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, will be published in May 2012 by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin Group in both the US and Canada. The book draws on Mr. Pearson's first-hand experience in building emotional loyalty in an information age, with insightful stories from the trenches of the data-gathering and marketing communications fields. The Loyalty Leap details strategies for building unwavering customer loyalty while also navigating the minefields of privacy. While other business books address customer service and data as the abstract fruit of technology, only The Loyalty Leap reveals how shopper data can be used as the cornerstone upon which to build intimate customer relationships, leading to profitable growth in the new era of marketing. For information and book pre-orders, visit www.pearson4loyalty.com. Mr. Pearson joined Alliance Data (formerly The Loyalty Group) in 1992, was appointed President of the AIR MILES Reward Program (AMRP) in 1999 and of LoyaltyOne in 2006. Since then, Mr. Pearson spearheaded LoyaltyOne's expansion into South America and the launch of AIR MILES My Planet and AIR MILES for Social Change, growing AMRP to more than 10 million accounts - two-thirds of Canadian households. In 2010, LoyaltyOne earned more than 30 awards for its role as a best employer, its green initiatives, its marketing and its human resources. Prior to LoyaltyOne, Mr. Pearson launched his career in brand marketing at the Quaker Oats Co. of Canada, followed by a position in technology/software at Alias Research Inc.

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or bpearson@loyalty.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.