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Andre van Hall
- Change Management
- How Curiosity Ignites the Power of Change
A native of Argentina, André has worked at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, to include the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg (once recognized as a one of the top ten hotels in the world), the Ritz in Paris and the St. Regis in New York. Additionally he has managed some of the largest hotels, including the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the Adam’s Mark in Denver. Before retiring, he was the CEO of the historic Denver Athletic Club. A graduate of the school of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, van Hall has held such positions as Director of Quality, Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Executive, General Manager, Professor of HR and CEO. His volunteer activity have afforded him the opportunity to serve on boards of Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Rotary Clubs, Urban League and many others.
After suddenly losing his eyesight in late 2011, he started a new career as a Professional Speaker, with an emphasis on Motivation, Change Management and Staff Development.
It Didn’t Kill the Cat, How Curiosity Ignites the Power of Change: We need to realize that change, like my sudden blindness, is not our enemy, but our attitude towards it certainly is! Too many times we use our prejudices and preconceived ideas to judge the situation, rather than assessing the full potential. Using curiosity by listening with humility, we can begin to “see” both sides of the argument, and be better prepared for what is coming, rather than getting stuck in what happened, André uses personal stories from his 40 year career in the hospitality industry to illustrate his points.