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Mr. Tanguy

Julien Tanguy

Chief Concierge, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

Raised in Strasbourg, France, in a family of restaurant owners, Julien Tanguy's first steps in the service industry were in the Food & Beverage sector. He found interest and pleasure working as a waiter for some municipal, regional and European institutions such as the European Parliament, while studying Psychology at Louis Pasteur University. After completing a master's degree, and uninspired by the jobs that path offered, Mr. Tanguy took on the position of Bellman at one of Alsace's Four star Luxury Hotel, Le Château de l'Ile. Experiencing the opportunity of providing guests with exceptional service, he soon felt a calling to enter the ranks of Europe's revered concierges. While concierges often begin their careers as bellboys or doormen, Mr. Tanguy enrolled in the Quebec City College Merici specialized concierge program, and also improved his English. He went on to intern at the Montreal Sofitel, with mentor, Ms. Virgina Casale, then Les Clefs d'Or Canada President, now International President of Les Clefs d'Or UICH Worlwide. His first official concierge position was at the Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal, one of Old Montreal's most charming all-suite hotel. Mr. Tanguy took a second job managing lineups and phone-lines at Montreal's largest property, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, with 1,039-rooms. Once having met the requirements for Les Clefs d'Or membership, he was sponsored by Chef Concierge, Mr. Patrick Huynh, to join the prestigious International organization, of which he is now a Member. In March 2007, with the arrival of new owners, Silverbirch Hotels & Resorts, and under the leadership of a new General Manager, Mr. Louis-Robert Handfield, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure hired two full-time Les Clefs d'Or concierges. Mr. Tanguy was one of them and is currently still in service at this 395-room downtown rooftop property. Mr. Tanguy was promoted Chief Concierge at the beginning of 2009, and has been enjoying helping his diverse Team members (from 7 different countries of origin) achieve their best since then. Mr. Tanguy is also the current Regional Secretary of Les Clefs d'Or in Montreal.

Mr. Tanguy can be contacted at 514-878-2910 or julien.tanguy@hilton.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.