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Mr. Houran

James Houran

Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group

"Dr. Jim" Houran, Ph.D., Managing Director of AETHOS Consulting Group, is a 25-year veteran in applied psychological research and a published expert on peak performance, online testing and interpersonal and organizational compatibility.

Dr. Houran has authored over 150 articles, and his award-winning work has been profiled by a myriad of media outlets and programs including the Discovery Channel, A&E, BBC, National Geographic, NBC's Today Show, USA Today, New Scientist, Psychology Today and Forbes.com.

Dr. Houran serves as adjunct faculty at the Laboratory for Statistics and Computation, ISLA - Instituto Politecnico de Gestão e Tecnologia (Lisbon, Portugal), an editorial board member for the APA peer-reviewed journal, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice, and as an editorial board member for the peer-reviewed journal, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

AETHOS Consulting Group is a global hospitality advisory firm serving the hotel, restaurant, casino, cruise line, club and travel technology sectors. Core competencies include executive search, compensation consulting, organizational development and psychometric assessments. Through strategic joint-ventures, AETHOS further assists its clients in gaining access to expert advice and specialist services in the area of logistics and supply chain management as well as insurance solutions.

Many people over the years have told Dr. Houran that he is best described as an unconventional researcher and practitioner who's clearly passionate about bringing real-world psychology to the everyday personal and professional lives of clients. This is possible because of his eclectic and generalist background in the social sciences, which gives him a comprehensive perspective about imagination, cognition, personality and behavior.

For Dr. Houran, nothing compares to the satisfaction of working on projects in which the latest psychological theories help to produce unprecedented awareness and positive outcomes. The fluid and demanding industry of hospitality is ultimately built on people and relationships. Psychology has so much to say about the drivers of professional development, team dynamics, organizational performance and the guest experience.

Dr. Houran is in his element when consulting with leaders and their teams on these strategic issues. But psychology doesn't define his entire identity; he stays personally grounded through his family and enjoying the natural sciences, history, anthropology and the arts. It's fun and rewarding being unconventional!

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

Mr. Houran can be contacted at +1 817-542-7602 or jhouran@aethoscg.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.