Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Tsoflios

John Tsoflios

Director, Rewards & OD Division of the HRD, Qatar Chemical; Faculty Member Glion Online

John-Yiannis Tsoflios, brings over 15 years of International Human Resources Experience having worked in a variety of organizations (Hay Group, Coca-Cola, Ma'aden- Alcoa, LIU). Currently he acts as an independent Management Consultant of Organizational Effectiveness and People Change. Most recently, Mr. Tsoflios worked as an external HR Senior Consultant for a Telecoms Retail Middle Eastern provider. Not much earlier he carried successfully the ΄Senior Organizational & Compensation HRBP΄ role for MAL, a joint venture between Ma'aden & ALCOA, based in Khobar, KSA, to lead a large-scale HR & OD redesign. Previously, Mr. Tsoflios has worked in the Greek (Coca-Cola HR Mgr) and EMEA Markets (Hay Group SEE) on all types of Human Resources agenda. He has been recognized with numerous high prestige rewards and he is a regular conference speaker and guest lector in various universities, including Glion Institute of Higher Education in HR. Through his experience on "both sides of the fence", in corporate roles and as a consultant Mr. Tsoflios has developed outstanding general project management skills, has acquired an acute sense of Human Resources design and fit to the overall business. He is considered an expert in change management, organizational development and outsourcing/shared services initiatives. Having held very senior roles in companies but also as an external consultant has afforded his interaction with and insights to Senior Management teams in all types of environments, maturity levels and life cycles. Mr. Tsoflios holds a M.Sc. in Organizational Psychology & Industrial Relations (with distinction) from UMIST, Manchester, UK, a Pg. Diploma in Career E.U. Development from Economic University of Athens, Greece and a Bachelor of Psychology. He speaks Greek, English, French and communicates adequate in Italian and very basic Arabic. Passionate to learn and with extreme levels of energy Mr. Tsoflios loves challenges; both in facing them and in advising/ coaching people how to best address them. As a strong inspirational leader himself, he is at ease in quickly analyzing situations, has the ability to identify solutions and thrives in complex environments.

Mr. Tsoflios can be contacted at ioannis.tsoflios@faculty.gliononline.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.