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Ms. Alexander

Anne Alexander

Of Counsel Real Estate Department, Pircher, Nichols and Meeks

Anne Alexander joined national real estate law firm, Pircher, Nichols and Meeks, in 2012 and is Of Counsel in the firm's real estate department. Her practice covers a wide spectrum of real estate, finance and land use issues, including representation of banks, CMBS lenders and a variety of other institutional lenders in connection with mortgage and mezzanine financing of office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, healthcare facilities, multi-family apartment projects and industrial properties throughout the United States. Among the highlights of her professional career include the representation of lender in connection with mezzanine financing for pre-development of boutique hotel in West Hollywood, California, and the representation of preferred equity holder in connection with redemption of equity interest and replacement mezzanine loan on an upscale office building in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Alexander also advises institutional and private investors and developers on land use matters in connection with the acquisition, disposition, development and leasing of real property. Her land use practice has involved securing entitlements for commercial and residential developments as well as large industrial facilities in the City of Los Angeles and throughout California. She has experience in the areas of local zoning and rent control laws, development agreements, subdivisions, community facilities districts, historic preservation, the California Coastal Act, condominium conversion and eminent domain. Her professional affiliations include the Los Angeles County Bar Association and State Bar of California, Real Property and Environmental Law Sections. A graduate of University of California, Ms. Alexander holds a J.D. from Los Angeles School of Law, and a bachelor of arts in Linguistics and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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

Ms. Alexander can be contacted at 310-201-8927 or aalexander@pircher.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.