Editorial Board   

Mr. Goldstein

Michael Goldstein

President & CEO, Packard Hospitality Group

Michael Goldstein, CHA has over 25 years experience managing income property including; hotels, resorts, restaurants, multi family residence, senior assisted-living and commercial properties. He has extensive experience in hotel development including; new construction and renovations, franchise negotiations, brokerage and has been the principal task force member for the repositioning or workout of distressed properties for institutional lenders and numerous receivership assets. Goldstein's diverse management background includes; Del Webb, Radisson, Sheraton, Candlewood, IHG, Choice and Cendant. Goldstein is responsible for the business development, real estate and consulting services of Packard Realty Inc. (PRI), and is involved with the daily management activities of all properties. This includes Packard Hospitality Group (PHG), a full-service hotel management division of PRI, whose services include financial management, operations, marketing and consulting. PHG's portfolio consists of 13 hotels and hotel developments located throughout the United States, with a large focus in California and New York. PHG's corporate philosophy has always been to support the efforts of the general manager and hotel staff through personalized-boutique style service. Goldstein sees a tremendous benefit in keeping existing team on board and keeping communications, a sense of accountability and ownership flowing throughout each property he acquires. This unique and personalized approach to hotel management has positioned Goldstein as an innovative and well-respected leader in the industry. Goldstein is a graduate of La Salle University with a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is a member of American Hotel and Lodging Association, California Hotel Association and a licensed real estate agent in the state of California.

Mr. Goldstein can be contacted at 858-277-4305 or michael@packard-1.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.