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Mr. Isenberg

Gary Isenberg

President, LWHA Asset & Property Management Services

Gary Isenberg currently serves as President - LWHA® Asset & Property Management Services. With more than 30 years of diversified hospitality experience in Hotel Management, Finance, and Asset Management, Mr. Isenberg's expertise includes third party asset management, serving as an owner's rep, due diligence for real estate investors, and development services to negotiate management or franchise agreements.

Mr. Isenberg's asset management specialties include, among other services, capital budgeting and PIP costing as well as internal control and accounting.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and minors in Corporate Finance and Information Systems, Mr. Isenberg started his career with ITT Sheraton as a Corporate Trainee. During his 16-year tenure, he was rapidly promoted over a series of increasingly responsible positions, mergers and acquisitions, at both the corporate and property level, in the disciplines of finance and operations.

A privately held Hotel Development, Ownership and Management Company, Field Hotel Associates (FHA), recruited Mr. Isenberg to join their organization as General Manager of their flagship property. Soon there after he was promoted to EVP of Hotel Operations and most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer.

During his tenure at FHA, he led the development and opening of hotels, spearheaded several re-organizations, repositioning and recapitalizations, as well as numerous revenue-generating and cost-cutting initiatives. This in turn enhanced value and maximized return for the owners and investors.

Mr. Isenberg serves or has served on the following boards and professional organizations: Pennsylvania Travel and Lodging Association Board Member, Hotel Association of New York's NY Hotel Group Founding Member, JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Board Member and Director.

Please visit http://www.lwhadvisors.com for more information.

Mr. Isenberg can be contacted at 212-300-6684 x108 or gary.isenberg@lwhadvisors.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.