Editorial Board   

Ms. Farley

Tammy Farley

Co-Founder and President, The Rainmaker Group

Tammy Farley co-founded The Rainmaker Group in 1998 and serves as its president. She spearheads all sales, marketing and customer-related operations for the organization, which is the market leader in profit optimization solutions serving hotel, casino hotel, resort, and multifamily housing operators. Ms. Farley is someone who always goes the extra mile for a customer or a cause, and in fact once walked 60 miles alongside a client to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. She brings that same drive and energy to Rainmaker, and her expert stewardship, along with that of co-founder Bruce Barfield, has earned their company a spot among the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies for five consecutive years. Ms. Farley prides herself on delivering on Rainmakerís promises to clients and on creating a great place to work. She brings her passion for community involvement into the workplace, spurring her team on at Habitat for Humanity build events, partnering with Make-a-Wish Georgia to make a four-year-oldís Disney and Legoland wish come true, and inviting a former wish recipient to speak at Rainmakerís annual kick-off meeting. A widely acknowledged expert in revenue management technologies in the travel industry, Ms. Farley is a frequent and passionate speaker at industry and academic conferences. She is a highly respected resource for innovative revenue management practices, particularly in the casino, hotel and resort markets. Her expertise in that arena led to her recognition in 2012 as a Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader. Ms. Farley often takes the wheel of Rainmakerís Twitter handle to share insights on topics from leadership and strategy to great business ideas. She serves on the board of directors for HSMAI and participates in the Gaming & Leisure CIO Roundtable. She also is vice chair and incoming chair of the Georgia Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ms. Farley graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelorís degree in political science. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and, during college breaks, her daughter Grace. She loves to travel, and when visiting Grace in New York City, the two bond over shopping expeditions that allow Ms. Farley to explore the world of fashion through her daughterís eyes. A work-out fiend, she particularly enjoys putting pedal to the metal at Flywheel. Please visit www.letitrain.com for more information.

Ms. Farley can be contacted at 678-578-5700 or tammy.farley@letitrain.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.