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Mr. Grohschaedl

Helmut Grohschaedl

Vice President Window Solutions Americas, REHAU

Helmut Grohschaedl is vice president of the window solutions division in the Americas region for REHAU, a global manufacturer of polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company is a leading supplier of high-performance uPVC windows and doors throughout the world. Mr. Grohschaedl has more than 20 years of experience in the international window and door industry. He began his career in 1991 as a master craftsman in his family's business, Carpentry Grohschaedl, in St. Urban, Austria. In this role, he led a team of carpenters who manufactured wooden doors and furniture for delivery throughout Europe and was also responsible for the RFQ process and account management.

 In 1998, Mr. Grohschaedl joined REHAU in Guntramsdorf, Austria as senior design and engineering manager for the company's window solutions division in South-East Europe. He led a team of engineers in new product development and customer support and was an active participant in the development of European standards for vinyl window profiles. In 2011, Mr. Grohschaedl transferred to the REHAU Americas headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, where he is now the top executive for the window solutions division that designs, produces and markets uPVC window and door extrusion profiles.

 Reporting to the chief executive officer of the Americas region, he is responsible for strategy, structure, budgets, people and financial outcomes. He has spearheaded the company's growth strategy for the commercial window market, including developing products and business strategies specifically designed to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of hotels.

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

Mr. Grohschaedl can be contacted at 703-777-5255 or helmut.grohschaedl@rehau.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.