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Mr. Ricci

Joseph Ricci

President & CEO, TRSA

Joseph Ricci is President and CEO of TRSA. Since joining TRSA, Mr. Ricci has logged more than 150,000 miles visiting laundries worldwide. His leadership has led to unprecedented membership retention and growth, as well as increased investment in research and benchmarking. In addition, he has leveraged his 25+ years of association and certification program management experience to launch certification programs that quantify the industry's commitment to professionalism, cleanliness and sustainability including Certificated Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM), Hygienically Clean and Clean Green. In addition, he has helped forge improved relationship with the international laundry community by working closely with ETSA and co-founding the International Textile Services Alliance (ITSA). Before joining TRSA, Mr. Ricci served as Senior Association Executive with SmithBucklin, the largest international association management firm, as Executive Director for associations representing the healthcare, insurance, manufacturing and security industries including professional development and certification. He also founded Ricci Communications, a full-service marketing communications firm which was consistently ranked in the Washington Business Journal's Top 25 Privately-Held Marketing/Public Relations Companies. Mr. Ricci has testified before the U.S. Congress. He was recently named one of the Top Association CEOs by CEO Update and was appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100. He has been cited as an authority on association management issues by USA Today, AP, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Washington Post and hundreds of print and online outlets. He has appeared on CNN, ABC Nightly News, MSNBC and other broadcast media. Mr. Ricci is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), is an active member of in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Association Leadership Council and serves on the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) Political Action Committee Board of Directors. He earned a Master in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Ricci can be contacted at 703-519-0029 or jricci@trsa.org

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.