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Mr. Chomat

Mandy Chomat

Executive VP of Sales & Marketing, Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Armando “Mandy” Chomat joined Karisma Hotels & Resorts in 2007 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing, where he oversees brand concepts and provides sales and marketing leadership for the collection of luxury properties. With more than 35 years of hospitality sales and marketing experience as a corporate executive, Mr. Chomat brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role. Previously, Mr. Chomat spent 17 years as the Unique Vacations Worldwide Representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts, where he developed all aspects of the market. Mr. Chomat also served as the president and owner of Trac, a sales, marketing, and development company that focused on consulting corporations looking to expand their business in Latin America. Trac's clients included Alamo Rent-A-Car, Sea World, Air Canada Vacations, and the Jamaica Tourist Board, to name a few. Since joining Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Chomat has been a key driver of the company's growth and evolution, including welcoming 21 new properties to the Karisma portfolio in less than 10 years, and overseeing the brand's expansion beyond the Riviera Maya, Mexico to Jamaica. Furthermore, Mr. Chomat's innovative ideas have become trends within the industry, the most notable being his creation of the Gourmet Inclusive® Vacation Consultant (GIVC) program, which has become an industry standard for travel agent specialist programs. In less than three years, the GIVC program became so successful that it earned top industry accolades, including Travel Weekly's Gold Magellan Award for best loyalty program for the past five years. Further, the GIVC program has become a fundamental program in the hotel industry, and major hoteliers have implemented similar programs in order to remain competitive.

Mr. Chomat can be contacted at 305-445-1077 or mchomat@karismahotels.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.