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Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk

Co-Managing Director, JOI-Design

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk is the co-managing director of JOI-Design, a leading European hospitality interior architecture and design studio based in Hamburg, Germany. Alongside business partner and husband Peter Joehnk, who founded the practice in 1984, the team brings to life luxurious hospitality destinations around the globe. Guided by the principle of translating emotions into design, and design into interiors that are rich in ambience, the studio creates places that guests won't want to leave and will return to time and again. JOI-Design shapes award-winning atmospheres for the world’s top brands as well as independent properties, and has a wide-ranging portfolio of sophisticated modern destinations, grand historic establishments, vibrant restaurants, sumptuous spas, and new-build airport and business hotels. In 2014, the practice was honoured with one of the industry’s highest accolades, a Gold Key Award, for their design of the Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, or centre for hotel design excellence, near Munich. As a lecturer in the interior design programme at the University of Applied Science in Coburg, Germany, Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk is committed to educating the next generation of architects and designers, and her continuing involvement with students strengthens her ability to maintain a fresh perspective on developing trends in her profession. She and Peter are also the authors of numerous reference books focused upon hospitality design, and in addition, the successful duo has recently launched Products by JOI-Design, their product design division exploring creative partnerships with furniture, lighting, carpeting and wallpaper manufacturers. Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk is a member of the Architectural Association Hamburg and the Association of German Interior Architects. An advocate of social media, she regularly communicates with an extensive network of clients, suppliers, manufacturers, peers, colleagues and end users.

Please visit www.joi-design.com for more information.

Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk can be contacted at 40 0 4068 9421 0 or info@joi-design.com

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.