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Mr. Mahoney

Michael Mahoney

Vice President of Consumer Marketing, GoHealth

As Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Michael Mahoney operates the products and services for GoHealthInsurance.com, an online health insurance comparison service connecting individuals and families with the right health coverage. Mr. Mahoney is an expert in consumer marketing, health insurance, and health care policy. He has been a leader on the GoHealth executive team since 2003. As a consumer expert in health insurance and health care policy, Mr. Mahoney is a frequent speaker and media personality discussing consumer trends and best practices in selecting health insurance plans and coverage. He often provides insight and guidance into the personal finance impact selecting the appropriate health insurance policy can have on individuals and businesses. At GoHealth, Mr. Mahoney has helped to develop and market a unique online platform where Americans in every state can evaluate and compare available health insurance plans. Mr. Mahoney, who currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, is an active athlete and enjoys running ultra-marathons, sailboat racing and yoga. Michael graduated with Honors from Wesleyan University.

Mr. Mahoney can be contacted at 312-226-0027 x8214 or mmahoney@gohealth.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.