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Mr. Mootz

Harald Mootz

Director of Concierge Relations, Les Clefs d'Or USA

Harald Mootz is an 18-year veteran in the New York City hotel industry, having started sparked his career one summer at the Capitol Hilton hotel in Washington DC. His Concierge career began with the Hotel Plaza Athenee in 1994, moving to the New York Palace in 2006, and currently a team member at the famed St. Regis New York since 2008. An active member and former President of the New York City Concierge Association of Hotel Concierges, Mr. Mootz now holds the position of Director of Concierge Relations for the only professional Hotel Concierge organization in the world called Les Clefs d'Or USA (the Golden Keys). Awarded Concierge of the Year at the annual Silver Plume Awards, and a three-time nominee and finalist of New York City's Big Apple Stars award, he is proud of his accomplishments and continues his quest to deliver bespoke service to his discerning guests. With studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie, and a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University in Liberal Studies (with minors in German, French and Communications), Mr. Mootz applies his skills every day on the job. His parents, of German descent, brought him up in Vienna as a baby, he also had the chance to live in Paris France for 2 years, where he learned to speak French at the American School of Paris. Well traveled, Mr. Mootz enjoys exploring new cites and countries and sharing his experiences with his guests and counterparts. He currently works with a team of 8 that combined, offers 154 years of Concierge service!

Mr. Mootz can be contacted at 212-753-4500 or conciergerelations@lcdusa.org

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.