Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Greger

Ken Greger

Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group

A Managing Director with AETHOS Consulting Group, Ken Greger is based in Portland, OR. He has spoken multiple times at The Lodging Conference, ALIS, The Global Spa & Wellness Summit and to numerous other audiences. A frequent author, Mr. Greger’s articles have appeared in The Cornell H. R. A. Quarterly, Hotel & Motel Management, Hotel News Now and other leading industry news media. Mr. Greger is a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche and from there he entered the world of executive search and consulting. Mr. Greger later joined KPMG’s global search practice in Los Angeles, where he was also a member of the firm’s Entertainment Industry Practice Group. He was later recruited to lead executive search in the Western Region for Laventhol & Horwath. Mr. Greger left to launch Greger/Peterson Associates, Inc., a highly regarded executive search firm specializing in Hospitality & Leisure. In January 2016, more than 20 years later, the firm merged with AETHOS Consulting Group. AETHOS Consulting Group is the world’s largest hospitality-focused executive search and advisory firm, renowned for its hands-on, consultative and bottom-line business approach. In 2016, AETHOS merged with U.S. west-coast based Greger/Peterson Associates, Inc. to form a global powerhouse consultancy firm for clients in the lodging, restaurant, gaming and private equity sectors. Through its offices in North America, Europe and Asia, AETHOS provides reputable, experienced and superior executive search. It also specializes in compensation consulting, business strategy, and performance, risk and asset management advisory services. Please visit http://www.aethoscg.com for more information.

Mr. Greger can be contacted at 503-655-4100 or kgreger@aethoscg.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.