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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.