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Mr. Wuttke

Mark Wuttke

Principal, The Wuttke Group

Mark Wuttke heads Wuttke Group, LLC, a world-class business development consultancy specializing in natural, organic and sustainable spa and boutique retail with an emphasis on the luxury market. He and his colleagues have assisted more than 15 natural and organic brands globally in their quest to attain and sustain authenticity. Mr. Wuttke’s current involvement includes worldwide market development and distribution for two Germany-based award-winning personal care product lines - Amala and Primavera. Wuttke’s experience includes 19 years as President/CEO in the USA and Australia within the wellness industry and more than 25 years of strategic and tactical management experience in operations, marketing and sales. He has been associated with luxury spas and high end boutique retail, specializing in biodynamic/organic skin care and natural medicines. Mr. Wuttke is often tapped by the media for his expertise and he is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Spa Magazine, for which he authors an ongoing column called Stewardship. His byline appears in industry trade magazines worldwide. Mr. Wuttke is active in a range of industry organizations, including ISPA and he works closely with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), Green Spa Network, and Natural Beauty Summit in the United States and Europe. He is an international speaker and prolific author. The Australia native operates his business out of Atlanta, Georgia USA and resides there with his wife and two children.

Mr. Wuttke can be contacted at 404-441-4962 or info@wuttkegroup.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.