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Mr. Nathraj

Yatish Nathraj

Hotel Broker, HTL Hospitality Advisors

Working in the hospitality industry for most of his career Yatish Nathraj is a Hotel Broker with HTL Hospitality Advisors in Southern California. He started off as a handy man at a small motel in Riverside that led him to pursue a more passionate role in the industry. He has worked in management positions at award winning franchised properties such as Best Western and InterContinental Hotel Group, including Hampshire Hotels a full service Boutique Hotel chain located on the continent of Africa. He has held almost every position in a hotel and now helps investors and managers make critical decisions in their hospitality operations to ensure the success of their business. Mr. Nathraj has traveled globally to help hospitality investors find key markets for investments. He has been traveling to Africa for the past decade, assisting clients with hospitality asset management and consulting. His passion and specialization is in helping entrepreneurs and first time hospitality investors understand the dynamics of their investment and operations of hotels. Mr. Nathraj has helped syndicate deals to ensure the best outcome for all parties involved through strategic placement and organizational restructuring. He has consulted investors in California and Africa on how to acquire, operate and sell their properties in a diligent manner. Mr. Nathraj is an active member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and is an Ambassador for the association in the South Pacific Region. He has a BS in Hotel Administration & Gaming from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

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

Mr. Nathraj can be contacted at 951-906-4916 or ynathraj@htlha.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.