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Mr. Cotsovolos

Len Cotsovolos

Len Cotsovolos, WESTAR Architectural Group Nevada Inc

Len Cotsovolos is the Founder of WESTAR Architectural Group and has over 20 years of interior design experience, working on high-end interiors projects around the world, with a focus on hospitality design. Mr. Cotsovolos received a Masterís Degree in Interior Design from the famed Pratt Institute in New York City, where he graduated with High Honors. He then worked from some of Americaís leading design firms, in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, including Haverson Architecture and Design, Brennan Beer Gorman Monk/Interiors, MGM Resorts International and Nicole Hollis Interior Design. During this time, Mr. Cotsovolos completed many award-wining hospitality projects such the Aria Hotel at CityCenter Las Vegas, The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Mexico, the W Hotel New York City, Cirque de Soleil Beatleís Revolution Lounge, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa New York City, Hard Rock Hotel Puerta Vallarta, Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA, Buchanan Hotel San Francisco, and the Palladian Hotel in Seattle, WA to name a few. He also has extensive experience in residential design, retail and concept design and development, as well as brand development and master planning. In 1997, Mr. Cotsovolos founded his name-sake boutique design firm that focused on personalized design services, where he designed luxury residences worldwide, and was named one of The Top 100 Interior Designers in 2013. He joined Westar Architects as a Partner and the Director of Interior Design, where he leads a diverse team of professional designers that are committed to excellence in design, flawless documentation and innovative problem solving. Mr. Cotsovolosís attention to detail, design savvy and his keen eye for luxury is helping to transform the Westar brand into a global powerhouse known for high design, excellent customer service, and bespoke details. He brings his project management expertise and design fluency to Westar, where he exercises this passion for fine design and hospitality interior architecture, all while keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry and staying abreast of hospitality trends and fashion.

Mr. Cotsovolos can be contacted at 702-878-0000 or lenc@wagnarchitects.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.