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Mr. Thompson

Justin Thompson

Real Estate Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP Los Angeles

Justin X. Thompson is a partner in Nixon Peabody's national real estate practice. Mr. Thompson, who is based in the firm's Los Angeles office advises on all aspects of real estate including real estate finance, development, leasing, loan restructurings, land exchanges, sale-leasebacks, property management arrangements and joint ventures. He represents commercial and industrial developers, investors, lenders and property owners. Mr. Thompson works with clients across the entire spectrum of the real estate industry, from acquisition, financing and development to leasing and disposition. His experience includes work on all types of real estate projects, from residential and mixed-use to commercial, industrial and health care projects. In addition to the foregoing, he has a particular focus on condominium/common interest development and related regulatory work. Mr. Thompson is keeping a close eye on real estate transactions involving health care and hospitality. He believes these are two key industries poised to continue strong growth. Beyond health care and hospitality, Mr. Thompson notes that the steady and solid improvement in the U.S. real estate market as a whole has caught the attention of foreign investors who continue to pursue participation in all facets of attractive deals. Mr. Thompson believes the positive momentum of the market puts added emphasis on the need for clients with unrealized real estate value to take steps to fully realize that value. Mr. Thompson earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, where he was Regional Editor and Member of Journal of Law and Education.

Please visit www.nixonpeabody.com for more information.

Mr. Thompson can be contacted at 629-213-6142 or jthompson@nixonpeabody.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.