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Ms. Matheson Shedrick

Kimberley Matheson Shedrick

Senior Vice President, WTS International

Kim Matheson-Shedrick joined the WTS International (WTS) team over three years ago when WTS acquired Natural Resources Spa Consulting to create a global powerhouse for Leisure Consulting and Management.  WTS' focus is on Spa, Fitness, Wellness, Leisure, Aquatics, Tennis, Kids Clubs and all things Leisure within Hospitality, Residential and Commercial venues.  Each project receives customized development of concept, design, business model and management based on individual site, market characteristics and competitive landscape. 

As Senior Vice President, Ms. Matheson-Shedrick has global responsibilities to provide strategy, consulting, business development and luxury operations.  A partial list of clients that Ms. Matheson-Shedrick is currently leading include: St Regis and W Kanai, Four Seasons Montreal, Beach House Spa at Ocean Edge Resort, Spa at Trump, Spa by Ivanka Trump, Lake Nona, Pier 66, Echelon, Smart Living, India, Cachet, Bangkok, Bulgari Beijing and Dubai. 

Prior to joining WTS International, Ms. Matheson Shedrick owned Natural Resources Spa Consulting for over 15 years and enjoyed success with premier brands.  These comprise a remarkable client roster including seven (7) Four Seasons Spas, thirteen (13) Ritz-Carlton Spas,  two (2) Rosewood Spas, eight (8) Marriott Spas, two (2) Gaylord Palms Spas, four (4) Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, six (6) Casino Spas, eight (8) Membership Spas, four (4) Hospital Spas and many independents such as Fontainebleau, Lapis Spa.

As President and Owner of Natural Resources Spa Consulting, Inc. (NRi), Ms. Matheson-Shedrick's extraordinary expertise, high standards of excellence and meticulous care in every aspect of project design and development have become her trademark. A strong hands-on managerial background, as well as a profound understanding of the internal operations of spas, hotels and membership clubs, has enabled her to consistently exceed the expectations of her clients.   As President of NRi, Ms. Matheson-Shedrick reveled in developing distinctive spa experiences around the globe.


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

Ms. Matheson Shedrick can be contacted at 301-622-7800 x161 or kmatheson@wtsinternational.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.