Editorial Board   

Ms. Dickinson

Kristi Dickinson

Director of Spa & Wellness, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Kristi Dickinson brings more than two decades of luxury hospitality experience, including her current role as the Director of Spa & Wellness at the Five-Star, Five Diamond Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa (North County San Diego, CA).

Rancho Valencia was hand selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest Five-Star hotels and spas in the world (2018) and was awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award (2018), both for five consecutive years. The resort has also been ranked as the #1 resort in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2015) and was listed on Conde Nast Traveler's 2016 Reader's Choice Awards List.

Prior to joining Rancho Valencia, Ms. Dickinson held key executive positions at The Mayflower Inn & Spa (Washington, CT), Spa Montage at the Montage Deer Valley Resort (Park City, UT), and the Golden Door Spa at The Peaks Resort (Telluride, CO).

Ms. Dickinson has a very diverse background in the hospitality industry ranging from event production and VIP services to housekeeping and food and beverage. She currently serves as an executive board member for the Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC) and a mentor for the Global Wellness Institute's mentorship program.

Ms. Dickinson is a WELL Accredited Professional, through the International WELL Building Institute and a Fitwel Ambassador through the Center for Active Design. She is passionate about exemplifying and inspiring the wellness lifestyle in others and developing the future leaders of the hospitality and experience industry.

Ms. Dickinson has expertise in revenue management and profit generation, KPIs, benchmarking, financial analysis, menu engineering, concepting and innovation. She holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Iowa.

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

Ms. Dickinson can be contacted at +1 858-759-6486 or kdickinson@ranchovalencia.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Feature Focus Demo

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.