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Ms. Curtis

Nina Curtis

Founder & President, The Nile Institute

Nina Curtis is the founder and president of the Nile Institute, 'A Source Vit'al', located in West Hollywood, California. The Nile Institute is dedicated to offering exceptional wellness services, the finest in quality personal care products and information that is relevant for its clients to make responsible choices about their individual wellness, beauty and personal care needs. Motivating, dynamic, and inspirational all describe Nina Curtis' interaction with audiences during seminars, lectures, workshops and keynote speeches. Ms. Curtis' enthusiasm and sincere desire to move her audience to action, has captured the attention of many corporations looking for leadership and consulting in the areas of corporate communications, sales force and technical training. Known as the "Esthetician's, Esthetician", Ms. Curtis has a twenty-plus year history in the professional skin care industry, where she is respected as an innovative skin care specialist, educator, lecturer and businesswoman. Originally licensed as a cosmetologist, Ms. Curtis has obtained certification in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupressure, Micro Current, Reiki and Color Light Therapy. Ms. Curtis has trained throughout the United States, France, Germany, Australia and England. She received her Bachelor degree of Science in Management and her MBA from Pepperdine University and is also a graduate of the Lynwood Business Institute. Recognized as a trailblazer, Curtis has served as a volunteer member of the Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Council and as Director of Education for Aesthetics International Association. Through her work with many of the cosmetics' industry heavy-hitters, she has been instrumental in the development and execution of training modules and programs for salons and spas. Ms. Curtis continues to travel internationally to heighten the standards of the professional skin care industry. Ms. Curtis has received five "Teacher of the Year" awards from the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design, located in Los Angeles, California, which inducted her into the Hall of Fame. In 2002 Ms. Curtis received the coveted 'Distinguished Alumna Award' from Pepperdine University for her outstanding accomplishments in serving humankind through the humane pursuits of business, for participating in building a stronger university and for her personal character as an example to all of the university's students, alumni and faculty. Ms. Curtis has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program that provides skin care and cosmetic seminars for cancer survivors. Ms. Curtis has also reached out to the future business community as a volunteer speaker and valued mentor for the Academy of Business Leadership program located on several Southern California college campuses. Ms. Curtis currently serves on the UC Irvine Spa & Hospitality Management advisory board.

Ms. Curtis can be contacted at 310-275-6453 or curtiscomm@earthlink.net

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.