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Mr. Owen

Conan Owen

President, Relax & Rejuvenate Hotel Spa Solutions

Conan D. Owen is President of Relax & Rejuvenate Hotel Spa Solutions. He holds and MBA from the University of Virginia and spent 7 years as a strategy management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group before joining his wife and business partner Suzanne Owen, a former Estee Lauder Executive, in the spa and hospitality industry. He has lived and worked in Mexico, Australia, Canada, the UK and France as well as the US. His years of travel addressing the strategic issues of Global 500 clients gave him insight into the relaxation demands of travelers as he achieved United 1K, AAdvantage Million Miler, Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum, Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status. Based in Charlottesville VA, Relax & Rejuvenate brings the perspective of the client/traveler and hotel ownership and management in creating spa solutions, whether they be in-room treatment programs, staffing for spa treatment rooms Or operating full service spas. Relax & Rejuvenate provides in-room spa services for over 60 hotels nationwide and operates 4 full-service hotel spas, including the Wellness Spa at the Benjamin Hotel in NYC, and InkSpa at Ink48 Hotel also in NYC. InkSpa was featured as the cover story in the September 2010 edition of American Spa Magazine. Relax & Rejuvenate also provides spa consulting services for existing or proposed projects including feasibility and conceptualization studies, spa layout and design, operational and performance improvement. He can be reached at

Mr. Owen can be contacted at 1-866-867-3529 x111 or conan@relaxandrejuvenate.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.