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Mr. Martin

Ken Martin

Hospitality Expert, DLR Group

Ken Martin, Hospitality Expert with DLR Group, draws on his 25 year experience in design, planning, and management to provide leadership on a wide range of complex large scale hotel projects. Mr. Martin combines his passion for design and his collaborative style and approach to ensure that all user groups and members of the project team, beginning with the owner’s representatives, will have input on the total facility design and functionality. He enjoys integrating changing technologies and guest travel trends into projects to stay on the edge of hospitality innovation. His passion and focus to deliver the best guest experience has led him to be successful in developing numerous world-class memorable experiences to owners, developers, brands and guests to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. Mr. Martin is DLR Group's national hospitality design expert. In this role he is a frequent traveler, which he parlays into research for his next hotel design. This opportunity to be the end user has helped shape Mr. Martin's definition of the definitive guest experience. Mr. Martin has worked with municipalities, owners, hotel flags and development groups to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. He ensures all user groups have input on the facility design and functionality. Mr. Martin led the planning and design of the Overland Park Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel, an award-winning facility that has earned both regional and national recognition for its design excellence and continues to be a staple of revenue generation for this suburban community. His projects include the Tucson Hotel and Convention Center design, HYATT House in San Jose, and the Overton Hotel & Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas.

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

Mr. Martin can be contacted at 913-897-7811 or kmartin@dlrgroup.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.