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Mr. Dresnin

Merrick Dresnin

Company Director, Cote Family Destinations

Educated in the law, Merrick Dresnin transferred that skill-set into Human Resources, and has been a Human Resources Executive for over twenty (20) years. Mr. Dresnin currently is the Company Director of Human Resources for Cote Family Destinations, a growing organization overseeing resorts and related activities in both Minnesota and Arizona.

Mr. Dresnin also continues to consult providing both strategic and tactical human capital management guidance to clients. He had previously opened and assisted in the successful operating of the highest profile hotel in the country - Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC.

Prior to that, Mr. Dresnin served as the Vice President of Human Resources at United Service Companies, where he had partnered with key business leaders to reshape the "people management" approach of the organization. He had previously held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Rivers Casino where he helped orchestrate the successful opening of the property in July 2011.

Prior to Rivers, Mr. Dresnin left California in 2007 for Illinois when recruited by the Hyatt Hotel Corporation to lead the HR team at the Hyatt Regency Chicago through a time of labor unrest and challenge. He had previously led HR at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, a California 4-Diamond hotel/gaming destination, for five (5) years, opening that property.

Mr. Dresnin earned his BA from UC Santa Barbara - double majoring in history and anthropology. He earned his JD from American University (Washington College of Law). He has his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and has taught/advised at Kendall College, DePaul University and Georgetown.

Please visit http://www.md-hrconsulting.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdresnin/

Mr. Dresnin can be contacted at +1 312-919-3993 or merrickdresnin1@att.net

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.