Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Gutman

Adele Gutman

VP Sales, Marketing & Revenue, Library Hotel Collection

Adele Gutman has over 30 years of experience in all areas of hospitality marketing. Ms. Gutman has worked with independent hotelier Henry Kallan for over 17 years and oversees sales, marketing, revenue management, public relations, and new hotel concept strategies and launches at the Library Hotel Collection including brand initiatives, online marketing efforts, social media, electronic distribution, and most importantly, the unique Library Hotel Collection guest experience which makes success in everything else possible. Ms. Gutman is a regularly featured speaker at hospitality conferences including HSMAI events and TripAdvisor's Master Classes and webinars among others as an authority on reputation management. Ms. Gutman orchestrated initiatives that resulted in the all Library Hotel Collection properties maintaining a top 10 position in their cities on TripAdvisor for over a decade, and at one point all four Library Hotel Collection NYC properties in the top four spots on TripAdvisor simultaneously, an achievement that has yet to be matched by any other hotel group. Thanks to the company's “Service is Marketing” approach, in 2017 the Aria Hotel Budapest was awarded the ultimate recognition as the #1 Hotel in the World on the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards. The Library Hotel Collection has also been recognized year after having the highest guest satisfaction rating in the world but the Luxury Brand Report prepared by ReviewPro, outshining even the most well known luxury hotel brands. The consistent level of enthusiastic reviews and top ranking over the years on review sites like TripAdvisor has had a powerful impact on demand generation for the hotels, resulting in successful sales without the typical need for traditional advertising. HSMAI Greater New York Chapter awarded the honor of 2011 Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year to Ms. Gutman in June. Ms. Gutman was also awarded a 2011 Gold Adrian Award for Digital Marketing in Social Media. Ms. Gutman has served on the board of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association's New York, Dallas, and University of Houston chapters. Her work in Sales and Marketing has also earned Adrian Awards for Advertising, Brochure Design, website marketing, email marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Gutman and the Aria Hotel Budapest Team were also presented a 2017 Gold “Service Pledge” Award from HSMAI's European Region for their work in Reputation Cultivation. The Adrian Awards are presented by H.S.M.A.I., and Ms. Gutman has also served as a judge for the awards for several years. Ms. Gutman is a graduate of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston as well as the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

Ms. Gutman can be contacted at 212-201-1153 or adele@libraryhotelcollection.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.