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Ms. McCullough

Lynn McCullough

Director of Meetings & Association Management, CMA Association Management

With 20 years of meeting planning experience, Lynn McCullough is the director of meetings and association management at CMA Association Management, where she is responsible for planning and managing association and corporate meetings worldwide. Ms. McCullough provides leadership to association clients on both a national and international scale while overseeing all meeting planning activities and service offerings, ranging from Board of Director relations, strategic development, growth programs, management of association publications and websites, and event planning and management including promotion, programming, and logistics. Ms. McCullough is also Executive Director of the Event Service Professionals Association. Prior to joining CMA, Lynn was the administrative director at an association management company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she handled various aspects of association management for national associations. Before that, she worked as legislative coordinator for the Medical Society of New Jersey, the association of medical doctors affiliated with the American Medical Association. Accredited by the AMC Institute, CMA Association Management provides a comprehensive portfolio of association management and event planning services, including award-winning marketing communications and digital capabilities, to national and global association clients.

Ms. McCullough can be contacted at 609-297-2235 or lmccullough@cmasolutions.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.