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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.