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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 3016227800161 or kmatheson@wtsinternational.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.