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Mr. Nathan

Arte Nathan

President & Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Development Worldwide

Arte Nathan served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn's gaming companies from 1983 - 2006: he opened and helped operated all of Wynn's casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Mississippi and China. Mr. Nathan retired from the gaming industry in 2006 and moved to Southern California to live on the beach, consult and write: while there he helped develop and open the Resort at Pelican Hill. Throughout his career, Mr. Nathan oversaw all aspects of HR including employment, compensation, training and development, workplace safety, labor and employee relations, employee communications, human resource information systems, and employee engagement. Mr. Nathan moved back to Las Vegas in 2013 to become a full-time grandfather, visiting Professor at UNLV's Harrah College of Hospitality, and Executive Director of UNLV's Center for Professional and Leadership Studies (PLuS Center). He currently serves on the Board of several hospitality companies, writes blogs www.thearteofmotivation.blogspot.com , and a daily motivational message that many companies use in pre-shift meetings, and consults. Mr. Nathan graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations - he majored in organizational development and collective bargaining. He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in Human Resources, community affairs and education, including the Award for Professional Excellence from the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a frequent guest lecturer at corporations, colleges and universities, and has addressed numerous professional associations and conferences on the subjects of leadership, strategy, and human capital management. Mr. Nathan divides his time between Las Vegas and the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. He is an avid musician, hiker, canoeist and book enthusiast. [1]: http://www.thearteofmotivation.blogspot.com/

Mr. Nathan can be contacted at 702-379-6100 or arte808@gmail.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.