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Mr. Klein

Jeff Klein

Vice President of Food & Beverage, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Jeffrey Klein, Vice President of Operations, Food & Beverage, is responsible for developing Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s multi-million dollar food and beverage operation. With nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Klein was instrumental in building a team of more than 1,200 employees to reopen the resort after a $1 billion renovation in 2008. Under Mr. Klein’s direction, Fontainebleau offers 12 food and beverage outlets including, fine dining, casual restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as service for more than 250,000 square feet of meeting, function and banquet space. Fontainebleau’s portfolio includes award-winning signature restaurants Scarpetta, Hakkasan and Gotham Steak, and the world-famous LIV nightclub. Prior to Fontainebleau, Mr. Klein spent seven years with Loews Hotels, including six years in Miami Beach in a variety of roles including Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Restaurants, Food & Beverage Area Manager, Banquet Manager and Director of Guest Services. Mr. Klein oversaw integral facets of the restaurants and lounges at the hotel, as well as the 65,000 square foot banquet facility. At Loews, Mr. Klein was also responsible for the execution of major events such as the Ocean Drive MTV VMA party, Latin Grammy Awards and Miami Rocks for Relief. In addition, Mr. Klein previously owned and managed Entourage Sports Café and served as General Manager for the restaurant at Washington Square Hotel, both in New York City. Klein earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University.

Mr. Klein can be contacted at 877-854-2033 or jeff.klein@fontainebleau.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.