Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Coloccia

Jane Coloccia

President & Chief Creative Officer, JC Communications, LLC

Jane Coloccia is the President & Chief Creative Officer of JC Communications, LLC, a boutique agency specializing in communication for the travel, lifestyle, and food industries. She began her career on the editorial side as Assistant Travel Editor of Modern Bride Magazine where she developed a keen sense of what editors like and dislike when being pitched by a PR professional. With more than 20 years of experience in working with everything from big brand name hotels to independent resorts and small inns, Ms. Coloccia knows the hospitality business inside and out. In fact, she is probably the first and only public relations executive who has received the Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) designation from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. Ms. Coloccia's expertise also includes a stint at The Leading Hotels of the World as Director of Communications, which helped to solidify her luxury hospitality marketing skills. She has won a variety of awards for her writing and public relations campaigns including from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and also the New York chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her biggest concern about hospitality marketers is complacency — when hoteliers think they can just sit back and wait for the business to come to them rather than embracing every tool at our disposal to touch the consumer every way they can. Ms. Coloccia is a member of trend guru Faith Popcorn's Brain Reserve Talent Bank and also blogs on travel as the New York Luxury Travel Examiner. Ms. Coloccia's writing has been published in a wide variety of trade and consumer magazines, she has been called upon to speak at many industry conferences on various marketing and communications topics, she provides training for companies who seek to develop the marketing communications skills of their mid and senior-level managers, and she is also a pop-culture author. She has written a non-fiction book, "Confessions Of An Online Dating Addict," and is currently at work on a second book as well as a screenplay.

Ms. Coloccia can be contacted at 310-456-4631 or jane@jcccommunicationsllc.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.