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Mr. Acton

Scott Acton

CEO & Founder, Forte Specialty Contractors

Building on three generations of creative execution behind some of the globe's most iconic experiential spaces, Scott Acton is no stranger to the unusual in the world of construction. As the CEO and founder of Forte Specialty Contractors in Las Vegas, a construction firm specializing in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, nightlife and entertainment industries, he is known for tackling some of the most difficult and attention-grabbing construction challenges in the industry.

Mr. Acton's entrance into this arena began with a long family history of Disney projects, which, as an entity, is known for creative, unusual experiences requiring innovative construction techniques. Part of developing this skill set for Mr. Acton included attending “Disney University” where he learned the business and leadership skills necessary to build a successful career. Mr. Acton began working for his father at the age of 16, but soon realized his entrepreneurial drive was too strong to just keep working for the family business.

A third-generation craftsman, Mr. Acton worked a variety of odd jobs then followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, becoming a notable entrepreneur in his own right. His early work comprises several landmarks across North America, including portions of Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disney, showcasing Mr. Acton's affinity to thematic design and construction.

In 2002, Mr. Acton started his own company, Trevi Manufacturing, naming it after the most famous fountain in the world - the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. He wanted to combine manufacturing with construction, a marriage not seen within the market. He grew Trevi from a startup to a $12 million company in only two years, resulting in national accolades including being named the U.S. Small Business Administration's “Small Business Person of the Year” for Nevada. His first project in Sin City was Treasure Island's pirate ships, which provide the hotel its iconic presence on the Las Vegas Strip.

Please visit http://fortedesignbuild.com/ for more information.

Mr. Acton can be contacted at 702-697-2000 or scott@fortedesignbuild.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.