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Mr. Bullock

Brian Bullock

Chief Operating Officer, Restaurants, Legacy Ventures

Brian Bullock has more than fifteen yearís of experience in the restaurant industry working with high-volume, industry-leading companies. He began his career in 1995 with Houstonís restaurants in Atlanta. After being promoted to general manager, he operated stores in both New Orleans and Houston. In 2000, Mr. Bullock left Houstonís to become vice president of operations for Border Cafe Restaurants. In 2007, he joined Bricktopís Restaurant Company, which was founded by the original Houstonís co-founder Joe Ledbetter and industry veteran Tom Brunnberg. Mr. Bullock earned his associateís degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University and his bachelorís degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an active member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board. He joined Legacy Ventures Legacy Ventures, which responds thoughtfully to the built environment as planners, developers, hoteliers and restaurateurs. Legacy Ventures innovates with a multi-disciplined approach to create timeless places Ė delivering exceptional customer experiences through an engaged and passionate team, yielding measurably better results for partners and investors. Please visit http://www.lvmgt.com for more information.

Mr. Bullock can be contacted at 404-222-9100 or bbullock@lvmgt.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 Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be?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.