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Nash Tennant was recently named general manager of h Club Los Angeles.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
The ability to create. The h Club Los Angeles is a truly breathtaking space with an amazing existing staff. My hope is to build on the existing frame work and create an experience for our members and future members unlike anything currently found in Los Angeles. Our members are carefully curated from the overwhelming pool of creatives, and I’m excited to build a collaborative environment for their “home away from home."
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
In the past 11 years, I have traversed the vast landscape of the Los Angeles hospitality industry. I have been fortunate enough to wear many different hats in many different private membership spaces, hotels, venues and restaurants. I’ve had the privilege of leading many teams, creating/building new concepts and solidifying team members' culture.
This property itself is so unique. Not only does it contain multiple bars/restaurant concepts, a pool, screening room, recording studio, massive rooftop, gym and co-working space, but it also houses 35 beautiful guest rooms available for our members to rent. It is absolutely a dream opportunity and something that I will be able to draw from all of my experiences in order to succeed.
3. How did you get into the industry?
When I attended the University of Michigan, I was lucky enough to land a job at a popular restaurant called Zanzibar as a busboy/dishwasher. I absolutely fell in love with the hospitality business. The owner/GM took me under his wing and showed me the ins and outs of the restaurant world. I worked hard and demonstrated my worth and over the years was promoted to server and then bartender.
Once out of college, my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) won the “arm wrestle” of where we should ultimately plant our flag: Los Angeles. While my original plan was to become an attorney, the siren’s call of hospitality was too much to resist. I started as a front desk agent with the Westin in Pasadena, and from there I continued my passion for taking care of others.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
In my new role, I hope to guide h Club Los Angeles toward the pinnacle of hospitality. Through a collective embracing of our goals and objectives, we can build and create an experience that transcends the “private club” designation.
Each trip to h Club, whether for a business lunch, cocktails with friends on the rooftop, or a leisurely lounge at the pool, should be a unique and memorable experience. My hope is to create a different and impactful environment for our members and their guests in each and every corner of the club.
My hope is to establish h Club Los Angeles as a true destination for global creatives while also appealing to the vast collective of innovators that the local Hollywood community has to offer, making this their go-to restaurant/bar location. To me, being able to shatter lofty expectations and answer without fail, the pivotal question that is now posed by so many potential members who are weighing inclusion in the myriad of private social/co-working spaces now found in Los Angeles, “why would I want to be a member here?”
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
I am a very people person. I love building and fostering meaningful relationships with members and guest. I challenge myself and my team to learn and understand their goals, hopes and dreams so that we can tailor our service and offerings to help them achieve.