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Mr. Wolf

C. David Wolf

Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn & Conference Center

C. David Wolf CEC, AAC is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef for The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, a highly respected Summit luxury hotel catering to upscale transient executive education guests and the discerning business traveler. The Blackwell Inn has been positioned number one in the city of Columbus for annual guest room occupancy year over year. Chef Wolf's interest in cooking began at age 14 where he helped to prepare traditional Italian cuisine in his grandmother's kitchen. His first restaurant position at age 16 launched his lifelong career in culinary arts. Previous to Chef Wolf's position with the Blackwell he was Executive Chef with the Global Hyatt Hotel Corporation for 23 years holding positions at the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt on Capitol Square and Hyatt's luxury brand at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, registered as a National Historic Landmark. Chef Wolf has prior restaurant positions throughout Columbus and in Cincinnati Ohio. Chef Wolf's education took place at La Varenne Ecole d'Cuisine, Paris France, The International School of Confectionery Arts, The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, and The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He is a member of The American Culinary Federation, World Association of Cooks, the James Beard Foundation and the esteemed Commanderie des Costes du Rhone. Locally, Chef Wolf holds a seat on the Columbus State Community College Advisory Board. He is the Columbus Chapter Chairman of the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Committee and is serving a four-year term as Vice President Columbus Chapter American Culinary Federation. March 2008 Chef Wolf received the prestigious Presidential Medallion for years of committed dedication to the American Culinary federation and training of apprentices in culinary arts. In May 2008, he participated in a-hands on continued education culinary tour of Sicily, Italy from east coast to west with a keen focus on the “slow food” movement. Upon his return was honored with the American Culinary Federation Columbus Chapter 2008 Chef of the year award. In August of 2010 Chef Wolf was inducted in the American Culinary Federations' American Academy of Chefs, a prestigious honor society, hall of fame for the peer-respected colleagues in the food service industry today. In April 2012, Chef Wolf received recognition for Chef Professionalism from the American Culinary Federation representing the Northeast Region.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 614-535-7803 or wolf.522@osu.edu

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.