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Mr. Panto

Darren Panto

Business Development Director, iRiS Software Systems

Darren Panto, Business Development Director for iRiS Software Systems is responsible for establishing and building long term relationships with the major hotel and cruise-line groups as well as hotel brands. Through key industry partnerships Darren has built the utilization of mobile concierge systems within the hotel environment and has formed essential connectivity partnerships to enhance operation efficiencies for hoteliers. A people person, Mr. Panto's philosophy is one of working with customers as partners. He started his career in the industry studying a business degree with tourism (BA Hons), focusing on tourism law. Following a spell as a professional cricketer with Sussex CCC (UK), Mr. Panto took some time to travel and experience cultures worldwide, before spending summers in France and Spain working as an overseas holiday representative. Mr. Panto started working in the tour operator industry 25 years ago working for Intasun and Longwood holidays. He started at the bottom and worked his way up, continuing his career at Peltours as Sales & Marketing Director on the Executive Board. He held the Sales Director position at Mosaic Holidays for two years, and prior to joining iRiS Software Systems he worked as an independent consultant. His work has covered all aspects of the business including customer care, brochure development, website production, marketing, contracting, public relations, sales and product development. Mr. Panto has exceptional knowledge of working with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, South Africa, Canary Islands, France, Spain, USA, New Zealand, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Morocco

Please visit http://www.iris.net for more information.

Mr. Panto can be contacted at 44-0-2070-999-242 or darren@iris.net

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.