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Ms. Matheson Shedrick

Kimberley Matheson Shedrick

Senior Vice President, WTS International

Kim Matheson-Shedrick joined the WTS International (WTS) team over three years ago when WTS acquired Natural Resources Spa Consulting to create a global powerhouse for Leisure Consulting and Management.  WTS' focus is on Spa, Fitness, Wellness, Leisure, Aquatics, Tennis, Kids Clubs and all things Leisure within Hospitality, Residential and Commercial venues.  Each project receives customized development of concept, design, business model and management based on individual site, market characteristics and competitive landscape. 

As Senior Vice President, Ms. Matheson-Shedrick has global responsibilities to provide strategy, consulting, business development and luxury operations.  A partial list of clients that Ms. Matheson-Shedrick is currently leading include: St Regis and W Kanai, Four Seasons Montreal, Beach House Spa at Ocean Edge Resort, Spa at Trump, Spa by Ivanka Trump, Lake Nona, Pier 66, Echelon, Smart Living, India, Cachet, Bangkok, Bulgari Beijing and Dubai. 

Prior to joining WTS International, Ms. Matheson Shedrick owned Natural Resources Spa Consulting for over 15 years and enjoyed success with premier brands.  These comprise a remarkable client roster including seven (7) Four Seasons Spas, thirteen (13) Ritz-Carlton Spas,  two (2) Rosewood Spas, eight (8) Marriott Spas, two (2) Gaylord Palms Spas, four (4) Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, six (6) Casino Spas, eight (8) Membership Spas, four (4) Hospital Spas and many independents such as Fontainebleau, Lapis Spa.

As President and Owner of Natural Resources Spa Consulting, Inc. (NRi), Ms. Matheson-Shedrick's extraordinary expertise, high standards of excellence and meticulous care in every aspect of project design and development have become her trademark. A strong hands-on managerial background, as well as a profound understanding of the internal operations of spas, hotels and membership clubs, has enabled her to consistently exceed the expectations of her clients.   As President of NRi, Ms. Matheson-Shedrick reveled in developing distinctive spa experiences around the globe.


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

Ms. Matheson Shedrick can be contacted at 301-622-7800 x161 or kmatheson@wtsinternational.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.