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Mr. Bottois

Olivier Bottois

Managing Director & COO, The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa

Olivier Bottois is managing director and chief operating officer of the 94-suite luxury resort The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, New York. A seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry with extensive management experience at luxury properties around the world, including 10 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bottois oversees all resort operations and plays a key role in real estate sales and marketing for the private residence club. Under the stewardship of Bottois, The Whiteface Lodge, the Adirondack region's only luxury resort with a private residence club, has within its first two years of operation been lauded as a Robb Report "Best of the Best" for 2006, has appeared on Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 "Hot List," and has been awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award in the first year of operation, among other accolades. In addition, the resort has been branded one of The Leading Hotels of the World and was invited to join Virtuoso and The Kiwi Collection. A native of Normandy, France, Bottois brings a lifetime of luxury hospitality experience to his position: he grew up at the legendary Hotel George V in Paris, where his father was hotel manager. He moved to the United States in the late 1980s and has focused his career in the Lake Placid region since 2002. Prior to joining The Whiteface Lodge in 2005, Bottois served as chief executive officer and managing director of the JPO Group, where he oversaw the repositioning of Long Island"i? 1/2 s Oheka Castle Hotel as a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. He also served as general manager of the exclusive Lake Placid Lodge, a Relaise and Ch'teaux property that was named one of the top 10 resorts in the world by Departures under Bottois' leadership. During his tenure at Four Seasons, he worked at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta from 1997-2000 and at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Bottois also held posts at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago, The Ritz Hotel and the Presidential Palace in Paris, The Connaught in London, The Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg and the Peninsula in New York. Bottios is a graduate of the Ecole de Chambre de Commerce et 'Industrie in Paris and has completed management courses at Cornell University. He served as vice chancellor culinaire of the Atlanta chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Mr. Bottois can be contacted at 518-523-0520 or o.bottois@thewhitefacelodge.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.