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Mr. Dewey

Josias Dewey

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Josias N. Dewey is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and the leader of the firm’s Miami Real Estate Practice Group. He is a financial services and real estate attorney and is considered a thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology. He is the co-author of “The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals,” the first-ever book on blockchain technology and the law.

Mr. Dewey regularly represents a diverse group of banks and other financial institutions, from large international banks to local community banks, as well as insurance companies and investment funds involved in finance transactions. His finance practice encompasses a broad range of asset classes and transaction structures, including real estate financing, healthcare real estate finance and asset-based lending, such as receivable, inventory, equipment and working capital facilities. He has significant experience representing both lead lenders and participant lenders in participations, syndicated transactions and other co-lending arrangements.

Mr. Dewey also is an experienced software developer who has developed workflow applications to speed up the lifecycle of financing and other transactions by reducing the inefficiencies caused by repetitive, process-level tasks.

Mr. Dewey has written and spoken extensively on blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the convergence of tradition human-prose contracts and computer code-based “smart contracts.” He combines his technical understanding with his experience addressing the legal and regulatory issues that surround the use of blockchain in a broad range of applications. As applied to blockchain and distributed ledger technology,.

Mr. Dewey has experience in several substantive areas of the law outside his traditional area of practice. He also is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching a real estate transactions course where he places heavy emphasis on how technology is changing the way transactions are structured and counterparty risks are allocated.

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

Mr. Dewey can be contacted at 305-789-7746 or joe.dewey@hklaw.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.