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James Houran, Ph.D.
Managing Director, North America
"Some would have you believe that I'm best described as an energetic, intense Italian with a somewhat short attention span and born under the sign of Leo. All that being true, it should be added that I'm also an unconventional researcher and practitioner who's passionate about bringing real-world psychology to the everyday personal and professional lives of clients.
For me, nothing compares to the satisfaction of working on projects in which the latest psychological theories help to produce unprecedented awareness and positive outcomes. The fluid and demanding industry of hospitality is ultimately built on people and relationships. Psychology has so much to say about the drivers of professional development, team dynamics, organizational performance and the guest experience. I'm in my element when consulting with leaders and their teams on these strategic issues.
But psychology doesn't define my entire identity; I stay personally grounded through my family and enjoying the natural sciences, history, anthropology and the arts. It's fun being unconventional!"
Dr. Houran, a veteran in applied psychological research, joined HVS Executive Search in 2005. He is a recognized expert on peak performance, online testing and interpersonal and organizational compatibility. In his current role as Managing Director, he leads the Global Business Strategy Group. He has authored over 100 articles, and his award-winning work has been profiled by a myriad of media outlets and programs including the Discovery Channel, A&E, BBC, Court TV, NBC's Today Show, USA Today, New Scientist, Psychology Today and Forbes.com. He remains a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.