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Mr. Hood

Robert Hood

Corporate Food & Beverage Manager, Atlific Hotels

Robert Hood, Corporate Food & Beverage Manager for Atlific Hotels, is originally from the United Kingdom. He has been in Food & Beverage Management for over 20 years, working in Europe for Queens Moat House Hotels, the United States for Marriott, before settling in Canada.

After settling in Canada Mr. Hood held positions for ClubLink Corporation, and currently with Atlific Hotels. With a passion for both culinary and front of house food and beverage management, Mr. Hood's passion for the food and beverage industry with its innovation and creative process continues to be part of his life journey.

The responsibilities of Mr. Hood's current position include, food and beverage procurement, concept design, financial and creative business analysis, management development, as well developing strategies for the optimization of food and beverage talent and operations at the property level.

Atlific Hotels is one of the most dynamic hotel management companies in Canada operating 62 hotels nationally with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With over 50 years' experience owning and managing major brands and independents, Atlific Hotels is passionate about consistently delivering long-term financial benefits to owners while cultivating a caring and fun work environment for associates and managers.

Mr. Hood was educated at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Arts in the United Kingdom where he obtained and HND in Hotel Management, and is a Bachelor of Applied Science graduate in Hospitality Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire in the United States.

Please visit http://www.atlific.com for more information.

Mr. Hood can be contacted at +1 416-674-0030 or rhood@atlific.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.