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Mr. Hogan

David Hogan

Executive Director of Major Accounts, Heartland Payment Systems

As the Executive Director of Major Accounts at Heartland Payment Systems, David Hogan leads the company's major accounts sales team that is focused on driving significant business growth among mid-to-large level businesses in the retail and hospitality industries. Prior to joining Heartland, Mr. Hogan served as chief information officer and senior vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world's largest retail association. Responsible for the association's IT, supply chain, e-commerce and loss prevention departments, he directed numerous internal and retail industry IT initiatives and managed NRF's CIO Council, a committee of retailing's most prominent chief information officers. He also led a coalition of retailers to improve weaknesses in Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and testified to Congress on cybersecurity and securing the payments system. During his tenure at the NRF, Mr. Hogan was named to Executive Technology Magazine's list of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in Retail.” Before his role at the NRF, Mr. Hogan served as chief information officer and vice president for international retailer Duty Free Americas. In this capacity, Hogan was responsible for all corporate information systems and merchandise planning. He also held a senior level position with The Limited, Inc., serving as business unit chief information officer for its Lane Bryant division, overseeing the information systems activities for 775 stores. Mr. Hogan began his career at the specialty footwear retailer, The Kobacker Company, where he rose through the ranks to become vice president of information systems. Mr. Hogan has a bachelor's degree in computer science from The Ohio State University and earned his MBA from the University of Dayton

Mr. Hogan can be contacted at 972-295-8677 or david.hogan@e-hps.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.