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Ms. Evans Parker

Deborah Evans Parker

Principal, Deborah Evans & Associates, LLC

Deborah Evans Parker is the founder and principal of Deborah Evans & Associates and has created and designed, developed, consulted, marketed and managed select destination, resort and day spas and salons throughout her career. With over twenty - five years of hands on spa experience and a proven track record. Ms. Evans is a dynamic visionary and recognized industry leader in planning, programming, marketing and public relations and successful management of hotel and spa operations. As a perpetual student, spa chef, licensed massage and spa therapist, author, educator and spa aficionado, Ms. Evans has developed a unique background and expertise in spa cuisine, massage and spa therapies, fitness and outdoor recreational programs and holistic health. Combined with expertise in strategic business development, branding and imaging, retail development and management, staff development and team dynamics and sales and service training. Ms. Evans is a highly sought after spa and salon consultant, providing expert advice to both new and existing spas. Seeing both a need and an opportunity, Deborah launched her new spa and salon distribution company in 2010 and now represents ten quality spa and salon brands in the national US market. Ms. Evans oversaw the development and repositioning of two leading destination spas, Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas and Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah. Serving as General Manager of both of these "top ten" spas, Evans oversaw the re-tooling of "Bermuda Inn" to "Lake Austin" and "National Institute of Fitness" to "Red Mountain Spa". Sensing a need and an opportunity in the industry, Evans developed and conducted a spa management training program and founded her spa consulting business in 1995 and was selected to develop The Grand Floridian Spa at Disney World in Orlando, Florida as her initial project. As a spa industry expert, Ms. Evans has been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of publications and by most leading spa, health, and beauty and travel publications. Ms. Evans has served on The International Spa Association Board of Directors and Foundation Board. She currently serves as President of the Spa Consulting Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants and is dedicated to setting ethical standards and certification for spa consultants. She is a member of the International Spa Association, The Institute of Management Consultants and The Manufacturer Agents National Association.

Ms. Evans Parker can be contacted at 901-221-8283 or deborah@devansassociates.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.