Connecting With Hospitality and Tourism in Kentucky

In partnership with the Business & Marketing and Family & Consumer Sciences program areas in the Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) within the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), we facilitated a Futuring Panel with Hospitality and Tourism Management professionals in the Lexington/Louisville areas in May.

In addition to providing feedback on the major trends in the hospitality industry, the business professionals shared their expertise on ethical leadership traits, and their perspectives on certifications of value in Kentucky for hospitality and tourism.

A full report will be posted to the Focus Panels page of our website in late June. Below are some key takeaways from the trends portion of the discussion.

Top Trends and Related Skillsets

TrendsRelated Skill Sets
Rising Costs and Supply Chain Shortages Go Hand-in-HandNeed: inventory management, budgeting, negotiating skills, decision-making skills
Worker Shortage Causing Worker Fatigue and Recruiting/Retention ChallengesNeed: time management, conflict management, multi-tasking skills; marketing, communications and creative skills
Technology Impacting Communication in the WorkplaceNeed: adaptable, quick learners (of tech); customer service skills; basic professional skills: dressing for job interview, communication skills, letter writing, basic computer skills: MS Word, Excel
Demand for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) – For Employees and CustomersNeed: empathy, cultural awareness/literacy, multilingual, relationship skills

We are always grateful to meet with and to hear directly from business and industry about what’s going on in the workplace. Thank you for your time and commitment to KY workforce development and business administration education.

  • Stephanie Booth | Director, Ticketing and Customer Service, Breeder’s Cup
  • Lee Carter | Executive Director, Kentucky Horse Park
  • Trevor Chesler | Director of Booking, Rupp Arena
  • Michael Filiberto | Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency Louisville
  • Bob Gigliotti | Chief Operating Officer, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  • Patrick Gregory | Partner, Mellwood Tavern
  • Steve Hoffman | Executive Director, Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College
  • Patrick Huston | Assistant General Manager, Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant
  • Barbara Jean Josey | Director of Business Development and Hospitality Services, The Elwood Hotel, Fiddletree Kitchen & Bar
  • Mona Juett | Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Tourism
  • Barry Kuhnke | Dual General Manager, Lexington Marriott City Center/Residence Inn
  • Celeste Lewis | Center Director, Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center
  • Cynthia Molinari | Food and Beverage Manager, Hyatt Regency Louisville
  • Nathan Monfett | General Manager, Superhost Hospitality (Home2Suites by Hilton)
  • Abe Owen | Founder, President and Guide, Horse and Barrel Tours, Inc.
  • Kaelyn Query | Founder, President, Lexington Event Company
  • Stacy Roof | President/CEO, Kentucky Restaurant Association