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Ms. Mahlstedt

Patricia Mahlstedt

Co-Chair Hospitality & Gaming Practice, Eckert Seamans

Tricia Mahlstedt is the Co-Chair of Eckert Seamans' Hospitality & Gaming practice. She focuses her practice on hospitality law, representing hotel owners, developers, investors, and management companies. Ms. Mahlstedt's practice covers various aspects of hotel-related matters for clients whose properties are located throughout the United States as well as in international locations, including hotel acquisitions and sales, joint venture negotiations, financing matters, leases, management agreements, franchise and food and beverage operating agreements, and day-to-day hotel operational matters.

She is responsible for managing Eckert Seamans' role as outside counsel for negotiation of management agreements for multiple independent hotel management company clients, for both U.S. and international operations, as well as on-going legal support for the operations of such clients.

Previously, Ms. Mahlstedt served for six years as an associate general counsel at Interstate Hotels, the nation's largest independent hotel management company. While serving in that capacity, Ms. Mahlstedt's practice covered general corporate transactional matters of the publicly-held company, including mergers and acquisitions as well as hotel operational matters. Specifically, Ms. Mahlstedt had major responsibility in negotiation and administration of hotel management agreements, hotel acquisitions, joint ventures and financing transactions, and securities transaction and reporting matters. Ms. Mahlstedt also has several years of experience practicing general corporate and real estate law outside of the hospitality area, with experience in commercial lending transactions, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and merger and acquisition transactions.

Ms. Mahlstedt earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and undergraduate degree, with highest honors, from Saint Vincent College.

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

Ms. Mahlstedt can be contacted at 412-566-1914 or pmahlstedt@eckertseamans.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.