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Mr. Sanders

Rowan Sanders

Director of Marketing & Communications, Veolia Energy North America

Rowan Sanders has been Director of Marketing and Communications for Veolia Energy since April 2007. In this position, Mr. Sanders is responsible for brand management, crisis communication, public relations, and internal communication. Veolia Energy is an operator and developer of efficient energy solutions, with extensive experience in energy management at nearly 24,000 hospitality, cultural, sports, and education facilities around the world. Prior to this position, Mr. Sanders oversaw a new print publication, Review of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Before that venture, he spent eight years in the electric utility industry in Texas at Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP) and its affiliated retail electric provider, First Choice Power (FCP), which was formed to serve electric customers when the Texas market opened up to competition in 2002. Mr. Sanders earned a Master of Management degree in E-Commerce at the University of Dallas (summa cum laude), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Texas Christian University, and a Bachelor's degree in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Veolia Energy serves the full range of businesses involved in retail, hotels and leisure including hotels, casinos, retailers, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants, arenas and stadiums, convention centers, museums, tourist destinations, sports and recreation facilities, etc. Veolia Energy leverages a portfolio of technical energy services skills to reduce energy and fuel consumption, operating risks and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Sanders can be contacted at 617-849-6656 or rsanders@veoliaenergyna.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.