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Ms. Azevedo

Paula J. Azevedo

Principal, dash design

Paula J. Azevedo, Principal of dash design's Miami office, hospitality believes design is a celebration of life and its many textures. “Our environments inspire us. The places I've lived, the people I've met, where I've traveled—all of that influences my design approach” she says. “It's a discovery process, and I carry those experiences forward, gaining new perspectives, understanding and relevant design ideas.” Ms. Azevedo brings over 20 years of interior and architectural design experience, an extensive, nuanced understanding of the hospitality business, and a passion for collaboration and cultivating young talent. “Our best design work happens when clients and the creative team collaborate, resulting in an end product that is on point and innovative,” Ms. Azevedo says. “It's all about strategic thinking and understanding the details.” Prior to working at dash design, Ms. Azevedo was Principal of her own collaborative design consulting firm at pja Create Studios. The firm flourished under her client service, original design and keen business commitment. There, she oversaw luxury hospitality hotels and spas, destination resorts and multifaceted commercial projects. As a Design Director at Gettys, Ms. Azevedo helped build the Miami office and establish its South Florida presence. As part of the senior leadership, she contributed to the growth and development of the design team. To projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Ms. Azevedo brought trademark rigor, practiced problem solving, and inspired, big-picture concepts. She oversaw such noteworthy design projects as the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne, Florida; Hard Rock Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana, DR and Cancun, Mexico, among others. Ms. Azevedo holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, and is certified through the National Council for Independent Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is a licensed interior designer with the State of Florida, as well as a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Ms. Azevedo understands green building design, and is a LEED® AP. She is a former adjunct professor at Miami Dade College.

Please visit www.dashdesign.net for more information.

Ms. Azevedo can be contacted at 305-809-6155 or pazevedo@dashdesign.net

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.