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Mr. Caswell

Bill Caswell

Principal, Hospitality Practice Leader, North Highland

Bill Caswell is a principal with North Highland and serves as the firm's Hospitality practice leader. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, vacation ownership, sales, marketing and technology.

Mr. Caswell has broad expertise that includes strategy development, organizational change management, consumer engagement, acquisition and loyalty strategy, program and project management, hospitality start-up operations, sales force management, satisfaction assessments, training design and implementation, service level management and performance measurement.

Prior to joining North Highland, Mr. Caswell worked and consulted with some of the major players across the hospitality industry, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Wordwide, ANA Hotels and Kimpton Hotels.

North Highland is a global management consulting firm known for helping clients solve their most complex challenges related to customer experience, performance improvement, technology and digital, and transformation. Working with clients across a myriad of industries, North Highland has provided expert services to organizations and enterprises alike in the hospitality, financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, transportation - both private and public sector - and philanthropy industries, among several others. North Highland adds value and supports clients across the full spectrum of consulting. From early planning and strategy to delivery of the final product or service, the consultancy brings big ideas and then makes them a reality.

As an employee-owned firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, North Highland currently employs more than 3,000 consultants worldwide and has 70 plus offices around the globe, including the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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

Mr. Caswell can be contacted at +1 321-214-6009 or Bill.Caswell@northhighland.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.