Editorial Board   

Ms. Olsen

Casey Olsen

Owner, Spa Sources

Spa Sources of Palm Desert California is considered to be the premier health spa consulting firm with over 20 years of Designing, Managing, Equipping, Operating and Marketing spas. Spa Sources owner, Casey Olsen, managed the luxury properties of La Costa Resort and Spa in San Diego, Givenchy, one of the designer spas, the Spa Hotel in Palm Springs and was the National Spa and Marketing Director for the billion dollar company, Sporting Clubs of America. Ms. Olsen has managed staffs of over 140 and pampered movie-industry elite and captains of industry from around the world. While working within the Spa realm, Ms. Olsen provided the owners of these luxury properties a departmental profit ratio of over 50 percent, which is unprecedented in the industry. As one of the industry's foremost health spa consultants, Ms. Olsen provides invaluable guidance to developers planning their luxury resorts that include a health spa facility.

Ms. Olsen can be contacted at 760 341-3311 or spasources@earthlink.net

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.