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Mr. Stoup

David Stoup

Chairman, Trilogy Spa Holdings, LLC

David Stoup is the Chairman of Trilogy Spa Holdings, a boutique spa management company dedicated to leveraging international beauty brands and its owned brand portfolio to create unique high performance hospitality spa environments in four and five star properties. Examples include the Guerlain Spa at The Plaza, and Well & Being at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Mr. Stoup is also the Co-Chairman and CEO of Healthy Lifestyle Brands, LLC (HLB), a pure play licensing company, whose mission is to be the leading resource for education, information, products and services based on the principles of integrative medicine. Healthy Lifestyle Brands is the owner of the website www.drweil.com, the leading Integrative Medicine website on the internet. HLB also licenses the IP of a variety of healthcare authorities and wellness advocates onto healthy consumer products including, Martha Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Zac Brown, the Environmental Working Group and Tieraona Low Dog, MD.

Over his 30 plus year career, Mr. Stoup both founded and re-invented a variety of companies, concentrating on upscale consumer products and services firms. Mr. Stoup's experience includes co-founding La Prairie, Inc., Phillip Kingsley Products, Inc., Colours & Scents and Perry Ellis Shoes, all of which were sold to strategic buyers. In 1992, Mr. Stoup secured the exclusive worldwide rights to operate the Red Door Spas under the Elizabeth Arden trade name from Unilever. As CEO, Mr. Stoup oversaw the growth of Elizabeth Arden Salon Holdings from two Red Door spas to 142 day spas in 26 markets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, until its sale to private equity.

Mr. Stoup's passion also extends to the non-profit world. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Amazon Conservation Team, Founder of YPO's Global Youth Exchange and as a Board Member of St. Joseph's Medical Center. He is also an active member of World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executives Organization (CEO).

Mr. Stoup attended the University of Missouri where he majored in Finance. He received his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and immediately began practicing commercial real estate, corporate law and business.

Please visit http://www.trilogyspaholdings.com for more information.

Mr. Stoup can be contacted at +1 602-432-3252 or DStoup@trilogyspaholdings.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.