As the annual WCAA kicked off this morning in a somewhat overcastted San Diego, Calif., we welcomed Arte Nathan, President of Strategic Development Worldwide, an upstate New York native, now a “beach bum” by his own classification in Laguna Beach. Of course, before he made it to the beach, this “bum” had to prove himself in the big city — sin city. His enthralling presentation had the 50 (or so) attendees silent in anticipation, a notable challenge you’re surely quite familiar with in the newspaper industry. Arte Nathan spent 25 years in human resources for Atlantic City. He’s opened 12 hotels and hired over 100,000 employees; employees, he boasts, that are the best. He was a game changer in hospitality, and his hotels, ranging from the Mirage to Treasure Island and the Bellagio, are host to the world’s finest staffs, all because he believed in change.