Editorial Board   

Mr. Arenas

John Arenas

Chief Executive Officer, Worktopia

A recognized authority on flexible workplace strategies and a founder of Worktopia, John Arenas brings to the innovative company more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate. For 12 years of that time, he was involved in developing and operating business centers and globally marketing work mobility products. For the past 15 years, Mr. Arenas has been involved in helping to make companies operationally automated through software development. As chairman and CEO of STRATIS Business Center, Inc., Mr. Arenas brought the company from start up in 1997 to a successful merger with Regus Business Centres (RGU: London Stock Exchange) in which first round STRATIS investors realized an eight-fold return. Prior experience also includes tenure as a commercial real estate lender for Citigroup, and project engineer for Turner Corporation. Mr. Arenas holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Worktopia, Inc. is the global leader in On-Demand Workspace procurement services with over 1,000 workspace venues in 50 countries, including short meeting space, term office space and virtual offices on demand. For more information visit www.worktopia.com

Mr. Arenas can be contacted at 914-468-0812 or john.arenas@worktopia.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 Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be?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.