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Mr. Chambers

Doug Chambers

Principal, Blu Spas, Inc.

Doug Chambers has been involved in the spa and salon industries for more than seventeen years. A business lawyer by training, he has been intimately involved in all phases of spas and salons, from planning and start-up through operation and expansion of spas, salons, and product companies. Mr. Chambers and co-author Cary Collier are the founders and principals of Blu Spas, Inc., an industry leading international spa consultancy and spa management firm offering distinctive design, project planning, spa operation, spa business analysis, treatment development, and training. Blu Spas is internationally recognized for innovations, establishing standards for luxury spas, proven revenue earnings, and cost-based planning. Blu Spas has participated in over 250 projects in 25 countries, including some of the most prestigious spas around the globe, and has one of the most respected portfolios of any spa consulting firm in the industry. During the past 25 years of its involvement in the spa and hospitality industries, Blu Spas has had extensive experience with hotel / resort spas, including new and existing facilities and those serving hotel guests, local residents, and members. Blu Spas has represented hotel owners, developers, corporate spa directors, and operators of leading hotels, resorts, spas, and mixed-use / residential projects, providing a wide range of spa consultancy including spa concept development, design, project planning, facility review and analysis of spa operations, spa financials, and management. Blu Spas’ roster of current and past clients includes Four Seasons, RitzCarlton, Fairmont, Raffles, International, Destination Hotels and Resorts, Hilton, and others. Blu Spas’ primary office is in Whitefish, Montana and with an auxiliary office in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Chambers has been a principal force in the creation and expansion of spa and salon brands, including the development and expansion of the Yamaguchi spa and salon organization with six locations in Southern California. His experience includes project planning, with special emphasis on feasibility analysis and concept development, and all phases of operations, including pre-opening, lease negotiations, financial planning, fiscal overview, employment matters, compensation schedules, litigation, marketing, advertising, and public relations. He has had primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, and implementing expansion opportunities. Mr. Chambers has been key in the creation and advancement of product branding and has had principal responsibility for all phases of the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of an extensive line of hair, spa, and skin products. Mr. Chambers contributed as an advisor for Billy Yamaguchi Feng Shui Beauty (released 2004). He has served as a creative consultant for various brands and has been a speaker or panelist for spa conferences on topics including technical innovation for the spa industry (Global Spa Summit) and spas as amenities for gaming and casino resorts (Gaming and Casino Conference). Mr. Chambers has authored or contributed to several articles for spa and salon industry publications.

Mr. Chambers can be contacted at 805-218-1613 or doug@bluspasinc.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.