Tracee Nalewak is the chief growth officer of UrVenue.
Q: What are you reading?
A: I’m actually in between books right now and have set my attention on hospitality and tourism research reports and white papers. To create the best strategy for UrVenue in 2022, having a really solid understanding of consumer travel behaviors and patterns, innovations in hospitality mixed with key predictions by industry leaders helps build a good foundation for our plans. UrVenue is carving out a unique niche in hospitality technology so these insights are critical for our product development both short term and long term.
The book on deck is “Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics” by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita and Alastair Smith. While I know the title seems contrary to what a leader should read, I’ve been told it simplifies the web of corporate politics and provides insights into the psyche of leaders in power including governments, etc. I have always been fascinated with leadership tenure, why some leaders last longer than others, so I am very much looking forward to this read.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant or place to take clients?
A: I’ve lived in Vegas for more than 21 years and I have a weak spot for some of our great, locally grown restaurants and hot spots. Panevino is one of my favorites. Best lounge happy hour around and a wonderful atmosphere for team bonding or client meetings.
Q: How do you decompress after a long week?
A: I don’t wait until the end of the week to decompress, it is a daily ritual that includes exercise, family time, walks with my dogs and fun and laughter at work, with friends and family. I’m lucky enough to be working for such an amazing organization like UrVenue. We work hard but we have a lot of fun in the process.
Q: What do you do to workout?
A: I’ve learned to keep me the most motivated, I workout with a trainer. I have a commitment with my trainer, Becky, three times a week in a small group session. I also enjoy hiking in our beautiful national parks and you may see me power walking around soccer fields while my daughter is practicing.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Southern Nevada?
A: No doubt coming from the hospitality industry and now working in hospitality technology, human resources are our biggest challenge — finding qualified people to fill open positions. COVID has been the catalyst for hospitality companies to really rethink their technology stacks and layer in solutions that will grow with them. At UrVenue, we are busier than ever and continue to look for promising candidates to fill our open positions.