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Mr. Slosser

Michael, J. Slosser

Vice President & Managing Director, L'Auberge Del Mar, by Destination Hotels & Resorts

Micahel J. Slosser has an extensive background in hotel and resort operations where he has managed in excess of 15 different assets at the executive level. Over the course of his career, Mr. Slosser has developed, built, renovated and repositioned many properties across the United States. Mr. Slosser has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading owners and business personalities in the industry and operate some of the finest hotels and resorts in the world. Most notably, he worked directly for the former White House Chief of Staff - Mr. H. R. Haldeman, who served President Richard Nixon. In this capacity, Mr. Slosser helped build and develop several world class hospitality assets. Subsequent to these endeavors, Mr. Slosser was responsible for two of the world's finest resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele, where he served as Vice President of Resorts. These two resorts were recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 and #3 ranked golf resorts in the world during his tenure. His experience includes time with Westin Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Stouffer Hotels and Resorts.Other notable experiences include operating the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA for entertainment mogul Merv Griffin, and operating the famed La Costa Resort & Spa located in Carlsbad, CA. For the past 13 years, Mr. Slosser has worked with Destination Hotels & Resorts initially at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado and for the past 11 years at L'Auberge Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, CA. Mr. Slosser engineered the $27M renovation of L'Auberge beginning with the closing of the hotel doors in the fall of 2007 and the grand reopening in June of 2008. Mr. Slosser is most notably recognized for his achievements in fundamentally envisioning, branding, designing and changing hospitality assets and thereby improving the financial performance for investors. Michael Slosser is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He attended the university's Hotel and Restaurant Administration program and graduated in December of 1981.

Mr. Slosser can be contacted at 858-259-1515 or mslosser@destinationhotels.com

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.