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Mr. Tang

Oliver Tang

Analyst, Horwath HTL

Oliver Tang is a recent graduate of Cornell Universityís School of Hotel Administration with a Bachelorís degree in Hotel Administration and a minor in Real Estate. He joined Horwath HTL as an intern in January 2015 and returned as an analyst in July 2016. Mr. Tang has various work experience in the hospitality industry, including operations, market analysis, asset management and feasibility studies. A native of China, Mr. Tang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English. He first started his career as a front desk agent at Brahmaputra Grand Hotel in Lhasa, Tibet. He then became the assistant front office manager, overseeing the operation of the department. During his time at Cornell, Mr. Tang gained extensive internship experiences, including the Sales and Marketing Department at Yufu Hot Spring Resort in Chengdu, the Sales Department at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, and the Finance and Accounting Department at St. Regis in San Francisco. He also interned with the hotel advisory and overseas investment teams at Jones Lang LaSalle in Beijing, where he helped with a number of development feasibility studies and an overseas hotel acquisition. Mr. Tang holds CHIA and REFM level 3 certifications. At school, he worked as a teaching assistant for Hotel Development & Planning and Marketing Principles. In addition, Oliver is the co-founder of AH&LA Cornell Student Chapter and served as the chief editor of Global China Focus, a student-run publication. Please visit http://www.horwathhtl.us for more information.

Mr. Tang can be contacted at 607-379-9873 or otang@horwathHTL.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.