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Mr. Labriola

Patrick Labriola

President, Transportation Safety Exchange

Patrick A. Labriola is President of Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), an industry-pioneering, independent rating organization that inspects, monitors and reports the safety performance of motor carriers in the ground transportation industry. Mr. Labriola is an expert in strategic planning, business development and operational improvement. Prior to joining TSX, Mr. Labriola was the President of the Waterford Group, a consulting organization specializing in business planning and development, merger and acquisition strategies, and other services. Before Waterford Group, Mr. Labriola held roles as President and CEO of a food production company with $70 million in revenue and more than 230 employees; as President and CEO of a manufacturing company, which grew from $45 million to $78 million in revenue, dominating the market category under his leadership; as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of a large, family-owned beverage distributor; as President and CEO of a pet supply superstore chain which grew rapidly from six to more than 30 locations in less than two years; and as Treasurer of a $900 million department store operation. Mr. Labriola holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Dayton in Ohio, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Labriola can be contacted at 703-691-4612 or plabriola@tsxcr.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.