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Mr. Bennett

Victor Bennett

Chief Operating Officer, Suite Spa

Victor Bennett is COO of Suite Spa, which provides spa services for high end hotels throughout Manhattan and Washington DC. Mr. Bennett has been in the spa industry for 30 years and launched Suite Spa by accident in 2008 when a concept he and Mrs. Bennett invented hit the front page of USA Today. At the time they were running Vasaio Life Spa, their medical spa and were asked by the new JW Marriott, Grand Rapids to provide spa services for their guests. Because there was only one spa room built out, the Bennett’s invented a spa cart that brought the world class spa to the guest’s room. Massage table, facial steamer, nail table, hot towel cabbie, hot stone tray, pedi bowl, lighting and sound system deck out the cart and one plug powers it all! Facials, hot stone therapy, massage, wraps, nail sand body services can be performed wherever you can go with the cart. “Take your spa anywhere” and “redefining room service” are Suite Spa’s taglines. Today, the cart is patented and is the only full service mobile spa experience. Suite Spa is a preferred vendor for Hyatt, yet they have had relationships with Marriott and Independents as well. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have been married for 31 years, have four grown daughters and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Please visit www.suitespa.net for more information.

Mr. Bennett can be contacted at 616-481-3349 or victor@suitespa.net

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

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.