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Ms. Landry

Amy Landry

Director of Human Resources, Hotel Monteleone

Amy Landry, PHR currently serves as the Director of Human Resources at the Historic Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the French Quarter New Orleans. Ms. Landry's human resources experience comes from Hilton Worldwide, where she most recently worked opening up the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, with Hilton's Lifestyle & Luxury Waldorf Astoria Brand. She served as Human Resources Training & Development Manager. Ms. Landry had the unique experience of being able to work with a new brand and creating the culture and training from the ground up. She piloted many workshops for the brand and was a driving force in helping to create a service culture and training for both the Roosevelt Hotel and the entire Waldorf Astoria Brand. Prior to The Roosevelt New Orleans, Ms. Landry was with Hilton Worldwide as the Human Resources Manager at the Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans. Ms. Landry did her undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin University where she received her Bachelors of Sciences in Hospitality Administration. She began her career in F&B operations and first experience in restaurant management was opening an Outback Steakhouse in Lufkin, Texas. After graduation, she pursued a life-long dream to work for Walt Disney World and accepted a college program internship at Walt Disney World Orlando working in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. She had an amazing time at Walt Disney and first began realizing the importance of training and instilling a strong culture in every single employee. Ms. Landry then fulfilled another goal of working on a Cruise Line and accepted a job performing aboard the Disney Wonder as part of the Cruise Staff. After her cruise ship contract ended, she came back home to Houston, Texas for her next step in enrolling in the Graduate program at the University of Houston, Conrad Hilton College. Ms. Landry was very active in the Graduate Student Association and completed two graduate internships assignments for Carey Limousines of Houston and Norwegian Cruise Lines in Hawaii. Ms. Landry became passionate for the Human Resources field while in Graduate school with the influence of an inspiring HR Professor. She has made her career in Human Resources and recently earned her Professional Human Resources certification with the HRCI. Her love and understanding for the hospitality field and passion for people energize her daily and make it the perfect fit for her.

Ms. Landry can be contacted at 504-523-3341 or alandry@hotelmonteleone.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.