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Mr. Speranza

Frank Speranza

President, Hospitality Talent Scouts Executive Search

Frank Speranza is President of New York City based Hospitality Talent Scouts Executive Search. In 2005, Mr. Speranza, then Vice President of Operations with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, announced his plans to leave Interstate after 10 years to start Hospitality Talent Scouts, Inc. (HTS). Mr. Speranza credits his successful hospitality career with his ability to hire the right people for the right positions at the right time. His belief that there is a tremendous need for a timely, cost-effective source of talented, qualified people in the hospitality industry, and a lack of qualified people to provide this source, inspired him to launch HTS. Mr. Speranza began his 10-year career with Interstate as General Manager of the Somerset Marriott in Somerset, New Jersey. He originally joined Interstate with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, which merged with Interstate Hotels in 2002. Mr. Speranza spent the last 5 years of his career with Interstate as an Operational Vice President, overseeing portfolios of branded and upscale independent hotels, including those in Toronto, New York City, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and other major U.S. cities. His portfolio sizes ranged from 15 to 26 hotels each. In his span of time with Interstate, he was affiliated with 70 different hotels in 30 different markets. Prior to joining Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Speranza spent 10 years directly working in New York City hotels. His positions included General Manager of The Kimberly Suites Hotel, Resident Manager of Hilton's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, Opening Executive Assistant General Manager of The Macklowe Hotel and Conference Center, now known as The Millennium Broadway Hotel and Conference Center, and Rooms Division Manager of Hilton International's New York Vista Hotel at The World Trade Center, later known as The Marriott World Trade Center before its destruction in 2001.

Please visit http://www.hospitalitytalentscouts.com for more information.

Mr. Speranza can be contacted at 212-564-3334 or fms@hospitalitytalentscouts.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.