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Mr. Nathan

Arte Nathan

President & Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Development Worldwide

Arte Nathan served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn’s gaming companies from 1983 - 2006: he opened and helped operated all of Wynn’s casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Mississippi and China. Mr. Nathan retired from the gaming industry in 2006 and moved to Southern California to live on the beach, consult and write: while there he helped develop and open the Resort at Pelican Hill. Throughout his career, Mr. Nathan oversaw all aspects of HR including employment, compensation, training and development, workplace safety, labor and employee relations, employee communications, human resource information systems, and employee engagement. Mr. Nathan moved back to Las Vegas in 2013 to become a full-time grandfather, visiting Professor at UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, and Executive Director of UNLV’s Center for Professional and Leadership Studies (PLuS Center). He currently serves on the Board of several hospitality companies, writes blogs www.thearteofmotivation.blogspot.com , and a daily motivational message that many companies use in pre-shift meetings, and consults. Mr. Nathan graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations - he majored in organizational development and collective bargaining. He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in Human Resources, community affairs and education, including the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a frequent guest lecturer at corporations, colleges and universities, and has addressed numerous professional associations and conferences on the subjects of leadership, strategy, and human capital management. Mr. Nathan divides his time between Las Vegas and the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. He is an avid musician, hiker, canoeist and book enthusiast. [1]: http://www.thearteofmotivation.blogspot.com/

Mr. Nathan can be contacted at 702-379-6100 or arte808@gmail.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.