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Mr. Ashen

David Ashen

Principal & Founder, dash design

David Ashen is a principal and the founder of dash design, an award-winning New York-based interior design and branding firm specializing in hospitality and retail projects.

Known for his ability to tailor each project to answer clients' specific business needs, Mr. Ashen and his design team update spaces and reinvent brands. Clients include market leaders and Fortune 500 companies from all over the world including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Philadelphia, Cleveland, New York City and Aruba.Among the recent high-profile hotel projects to dash design's credit are: the multi-million renovation of the Lexington New York City hotel; the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino; and restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental in Shanghai.

Rather than a signature style, Mr. Ashen and dash have a signature philosophy: that design equals strategy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering at Tufts University, then a Masters of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. After his entree into luxury retail at Peter Marino, he spent five years - from Director of Retail to Principal - at desgrippes gobe, one of the world's largest independent branding firms. Accounts included Reebok, Unilever, Target, and Peugeot; he created the first consistent global retail image for Godiva, and helped the company expand in Japan and China.

In 2000, Mr. Ashen's first hospitality project - XL Lounge - attracted serious media attention. A year later, Mr. Ashen left desgrippes to launch dash design. dash's work is all about context and reinvention. "To me, there's nothing richer than collaborating with client and partners to produce a project that is innovative and thoughtful," Mr. Ashen says, adding, "It's not about adding to my portfolio. My success is solely about whether our work helps my client succeed."

Please visit http://www.dashdesign.net for more information.

Mr. Ashen can be contacted at +1 718-383-2225 ext. 201 or dashen@dashdesign.net

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Feature Focus Demo

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.