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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.