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Ms. Kang

Grace Kang

Managing Partner, Greenview

Grace Kang is managing partner of Greenview, a sustainability consulting and research firm providing hospitality organizations with their strategy, programs, and reporting, and hospitality industry with industry insight, trends and benchmarks. She oversees Greenview's Asia operations as well as co-develops the company's business plan and growth strategy.

Ms. Kang successfully rolled out the Greenview Portal, a software as a service online sustainability data management platform that makes tracking, measuring and improving in areas of sustainability and social responsibility easy and seamless. She leads a software development team and manages the development of the Greenview Portal 2.0 and industry benchmarking studies including the Green Lodging Survey, benchmarking sustainability operational best practices.

Ms Kang has a focused background in the hotel industry with over 15 years of experience in various functional roles, particularly in driving business through data analysis, reporting and strategic programs. She brings corporate perspective from working at top global hotel brands such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International.

At Starwood, Grace optimized the sales organization in underperforming markets by redesigning customer coverage models to drive revenue and gain market share, and managed and liaised with cross-functional teams to ensure that newly opening hotels have successful opening performances.

At Marriott, she led the lodging business plan for select service properties to quantify future investments and profit contribution of new openings, and conducted investment analyses to structure various transactions.

In addition to her hotel background, Ms. Kang gained Asia experience working at Samsung Card in Seoul, Korea. At Samsung Card, she designed a new premium customer experience strategy for Samsung Card VIP segment across all key servicing touch points to drive incremental revenue, developed the company's first international online affiliate program as a vehicle to expand into the international market, and partnered with global hotel companies and luxury travel networks to provide differentiated and high-end travel benefits to the top tiered members.

Ms. Kang earned two degrees from Cornell University, a Bachelor of Science from the Hotel Administration School and Master of Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Cornell is where she found her passion for the hospitality industry and teaching fitness. On her spare time, she continues to teach group fitness programs.

Please visit http://www.greenview.sg for more information.

Ms. Kang can be contacted at +65 9623 1876 or grace@greenview.sg

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.