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Mr. Mattler

Bob Mattler

Managing Director, Pace Equity

Bob Mattler joined PACE Equity in 2015 and is Managing Director of Michigan. PACE Equity is the leading national turnkey PACE project developer and funder in the country. PACE Equity is also the leader in utilizing PACE in hospitality projects. Bob's passion and practice involves assisting a wide variety of developers and building owners to access PACE financing. His current projects include a ground up construction senior living center, adaptive reuse of an old industrial building and a major infrastructure upgrade of a large hospital. As a new economic development tool in Michigan, Bob is helping to open PACE financing to a variety of asset classes, for profit and non-profit entities, bankers, lawyers, brokers and the Michigan commercial real estate industry in general. Combining real property legal skills, commercial real estate brokerage experience and almost ten years of involvement with the local chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and its green LEED certification, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is the means to which Bob helps property owners and developers achieve their property business objectives. Among the highlights of his professional career of helping commercial property owners add value to their buildings includes almost twenty five years as an attorney, property tax consultant and leasing specialist with a boutique retail brokerage firm in the metropolitan Detroit area. Much of Bob's recent interaction with the commercial real estate community in Michigan has been to illustrate the business case for maintaining more efficient buildings which leads to a more valuable real estate investment. Information on this new economic development tool is now available in 30+ states and DC.

Please visit http://www.pace-equity.com for more information.

Mr. Mattler can be contacted at 248-762-4370 or bmattler@pace-equity.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.