Editorial Board   

Mr. Acton

Scott Acton

CEO & Founder, Forte Specialty Contractors

Building on three generations of creative execution behind some of the globe’s most iconic experiential spaces, Scott Acton is no stranger to the unusual in the world of construction. As the CEO and founder of Forté Specialty Contractors in Las Vegas, a construction firm specializing in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, nightlife and entertainment industries, he is known for tackling some of the most difficult and attention-grabbing construction challenges in the industry.

Mr. Acton's entrance into this arena began with a long family history of Disney projects, which, as an entity, is known for creative, unusual experiences requiring innovative construction techniques. Part of developing this skill set for Mr. Acton included attending “Disney University” where he learned the business and leadership skills necessary to build a successful career. Mr. Acton began working for his father at the age of 16, but soon realized his entrepreneurial drive was too strong to just keep working for the family business.

A third-generation craftsman, Mr. Acton worked a variety of odd jobs then followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, becoming a notable entrepreneur in his own right. His early work comprises several landmarks across North America, including portions of Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disney, showcasing Mr. Acton's affinity to thematic design and construction.

In 2002, Mr. Acton started his own company, Trevi Manufacturing, naming it after the most famous fountain in the world - the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. He wanted to combine manufacturing with construction, a marriage not seen within the market. He grew Trevi from a startup to a $12 million company in only two years, resulting in national accolades including being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for Nevada. His first project in Sin City was Treasure Island’s pirate ships, which provide the hotel its iconic presence on the Las Vegas Strip.

Please visit http://fortedesignbuild.com/ for more information.

Mr. Acton can be contacted at 702-697-2000 or scott@fortedesignbuild.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.