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Mr. Kurre

Adrian Kurre

Global Head, Homewood Suites & Home2 Suites by Hilton

Adrian Kurre serves as the global head for Home2 Suites by Hilton; the award-winning brand that is part of Hilton's “All Suites” category.  Mr. Kurre is responsible for the overall strategy for the brand, with his primary objectives to diversify and increase revenue, drive brand growth and development, increase consumer loyalty, as well as maintain collaborative relationships with hotel owners and management company representatives to position Home2 Suites as an innovator in the All-Suites category. He also continues to build on the commitment of the brand's award winning customer satisfaction culture.

Mr. Kurre is a highly experienced brand leader, with nearly 40 years of hospitality experience. He began his hospitality career as a waiter and bartender and transitioned into restaurant management for Black Angus Restaurants. He then pursued a career in hotel hospitality at Courtyard by Marriott and eventually became Director of Operations.

Prior to his appointment as global head for Home2 Suites by Hilton, Mr. Kurre led the growth and development as global head for Hilton Garden Inn. During his nineteen-year tenure, Hilton Garden Inn grew from merely four hotels to more than 650 global properties with multiple award wins. Previous positions have included Vice President of Brand Management of Focused Service Hotels for Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Suites and DoubleTree Club by Hilton hotels.

Originally from the small town of Milaca, MN, Mr. Kurre is a fitness advocate and enthusiast with four marathons to his credit including one in Antarctica and the St. Jude Memphis Marathon where he raised over $11,000 in donations as a St. Jude Hero. He was also a finalist in the 2014 Men's Health Ultimate Guy Search Competition highlighting his fitness transformation. Mr. Kurre enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Tammy, daughter and twin boys.

Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Mr. Kurre can be contacted at 703-883-1000 or adrian.kurre@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.