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Mr. Goldian

Todd Goldian

Food & Beverage Director, The National

Todd Goldian was named Food & Beverage Director in May 2018 after serving as Executive Chef at The National for less than a year. He leads the culinary program at The National Conference Center, including guest dining, banquets and award-winning catering for West Belmont Place and Black Olive Bar & Grill. Since being with the culinary team at The National, Mr. Goldian has expanded the farm-to-table cuisine creating partnerships with over 60 farmers, wineries, breweries and local artisans. He has taken The National to a hyper-local culinary experience.

Mr. Goldian's management and cooking style focuses on using local and seasonal ingredients and then transforming them to create flavor profiles from around the world. His experience with international clientele has helped to facilitate this approach with Italian, Thai, Southwest, Japanese, Mexican, and regional American cuisine.

Drawing from his extraordinary blend of fine dining skills gained while at the 5 Star Mobile and 5 Diamond AAA rated restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington to elegant banquets at two Washington DC luxury hotels, including The Willard and The Ritz Carlton to corporate dinning at the highest level, Mr. Goldian has full control of the culinary experience at The National. With 917 guest rooms, the 880 seat Dining Room and Northern Virginia's largest ballroom (16,552sf) which accommodates 1,000 guests or intimate affairs for ten, Mr. Goldian finds himself at home.

Graduating top of his class at Johnson and Wales in Virginia Beach, Mr. Goldian has served and cooked for royalty, professional sports teams, presidents, politicians, and many high-end weddings and holiday parties.

 Mr.  Goldian, 39, resides in Herndon, VA with his wife and daughter.

 


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

Mr. Goldian can be contacted at 703-729-8000 or sales@conferencecenter.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.