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Ms. Mechoso Safer

Mariana Mechoso Safer

Senior Vice President, Marketing, HeBS Digital

Mariana Mechoso Safer, Senior Vice President, Marketing at HeBS Digital oversees all advertising, marketing and public relations. Ms. Safer's effective messaging along with a clear understanding of hoteliers' business needs has translated into many successful campaigns resulting in new business for the hotel digital marketing firm. Ms. Safer also opened and heads the HeBS Digital Las Vegas office, leading the team in the development and implementation of digital marketing strategies for HeBS Digital's accounts on the West Coast. Under her guidance, the team has tripled in four years and continues to grow. Ms. Safer frequently conducts industry research and publishes articles in major travel and hospitality publications. She is also a guest speaker and presenter at industry events and conferences, including EyeforTravel's Online Marketing Strategies for Travel. Ms. Safer's professional experience includes over ten years of work in the global travel and tourism industry. She has held travel management and group travel management positions in the United States, England, and Australia in leading hospitality and tourism companies, including STA Travel and world-renowned attractions such as the Westminster Abbey in London. Ms. Safer holds an M.S. degree in Travel and Tourism Management from New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management and graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA.

Ms. Mechoso Safer can be contacted at 702-463-1857 or mariana@hebsdigital.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.