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Mr. Zinder, AIA

Joshua Zinder, AIA

Principal, JZA+D

Joshua Zinder, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, founder and principal of JZA+D, was born and raised in New York. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. His 20-plus years of professional experience working for many design firms includes six years as an Associate with Michael Graves & Associates. Mr. Zinder has worked on a diverse range of projects, such as: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Wyndham Hotel Prototypes, The Bedford Central School District, Irvington Union Free Schools, MTI Television Studios, and many others. In 2006, he opened his own practice to pursue contemporary and sustainably responsible design. Since then, he has designed projects worldwide, such as Waku Ghin, Sky on 57, Restaurant Charlie, and Hamilton Square South. Mr. Zinder is a registered architect in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada. He is NCARB certified and a LEED accredited professional. Joshua has also served as adjunct Professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture, where he taught comprehensive design studios. As an active member of his community, Mr. Zinder has been a board member for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley, The Jewish Center of Princeton, Electronic Music Foundation, and Sustainable Princeton. In 2011, he won the Gotham City Networking "Networker of the Year" Award. In 2013, he was named AIA-NJ Architect of the Year. Mr. Zinder is passionate about architecture and design from every angle, and brings his vision of complete environments and a unique contemporary style to every project.

Mr. Zinder, AIA can be contacted at 609-924-5004 or jzinder@joshuazinder.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.