Talent Demand vs. Available Talent The Dwindling Hospitality Talent Pool April 2015

On behalf of John Hyland, President, and the Board of Directors enclosed are details for next month’s HFTP NYC chapter meeting.


Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
1605 Broadway (48th & 49th Street)
Hosted by John Oh, Director of Finance


Cocktails 5:30 – 6:00 pm | Presentation 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Dinner 7:00 – 8:00 pm


Members - $85.00 (check) and $90.00 (credit card)
Non-Members - $100.00 (check) and $105.00 (credit card)
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to the event
Credit card payments are accepted the day of the event, only at the door

Submit registrations by email to Hea-Jin Kim at hftpnyc@gmail.com before April 21. See attachment for complete details.


Talent Demand vs. Available Talent – The Dwindling Hospitality Talent Pool
Presented by Frank Speranza, Principal/Founder, Hospitality Talent Scouts


  • Why it’s so hard to find good people
  • What the job market landscape looks like
  • A new way to look at recruitment
  • Your ability to attract talent
  • Reaching through, beyond, over and under the internet to find talent
  • The effects of Asset Management on our ability to attract and retain talent


General Managers, Directors of Human Resources


On August 22, 2005, Frank Speranza, then Vice President of Operations with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the nation's largest independent hotel management company, announced his plans to leave Interstate after 10 years to start Hospitality Talent Scouts, Inc. (HTS). Frank credits his successful hospitality career with his ability to hire the right people for the right positions at the right time. His belief that there is a tremendous need for a timely, cost-effective source of talented, qualified people in the hospitality industry, and a lack of qualified people to provide this source, inspired Speranza to launch HTS

Frank began his 10-year career with Interstate as General Manager of the Somerset Marriott in Somerset, New Jersey. He originally joined Interstate with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, which merged with Interstate Hotels in 2002. Frank spent the last 5 years of his career with Interstate as an Operational Vice President, overseeing portfolios of branded and upscale independent hotels, including those in Toronto, New York City, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and other major U.S. cities. His portfolio sizes ranged from 15 to 26 hotels each. In his span of time with Interstate, he was affiliated with 70 different hotels in 30 different markets.

Prior to joining Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Frank spent 10 years directly working in New York City hotels. His positions included General Manager of The Kimberly Suites Hotel, Resident Manager of Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Opening Executive Assistant General Manager of The Macklowe Hotel and Conference Center, now known as The Millennium Broadway Hotel and Conference Center, and Rooms Division Manager of Hilton International's New York Vista Hotel at The World Trade Center, later known as The Marriott World Trade Center before its destruction in 2001.

Frank began his hospitality career as a housekeeping houseman at the age of 17. He is a graduate of Florida International University's School of Hospitality Management. Upon graduation, he worked for Marriott International for 5 years. He has been recognized by his employers with distinguished honors such as his induction into the Waldorf-Astoria Distinguished Alumni Association, which recognizes industry leaders; in 1998, he was honored by then-employer MeriStar Hotels and Resorts as General Manager of the Year. Frank has dedicated 30 years to the hospitality business, helping others to grow and succeed. He has been a mentor, friend, and close advisor to many successful individuals in the industry.