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Mr. Cobb

Adam Cobb

Regional Manager, Halogen Software

As regional manager at Halogen Software, and a certified Human Capital Strategist, Adam Cobb has worked directly with hundreds of human resources professionals to plan and implement integrated talent management systems in support of their organizations' strategic plans. With more than a decade of software solutions experience, Mr. Cobb applies his expertise in performance management, succession planning, pay for performance and performance based learning solutions to help Halogen's clients build solid business cases for investing in automated talent management systems. Mr. Cobb is responsible for helping Halogen's clients maximize the value of their talent through integrated talent management strategies and practices that drive business results. Across talent acquisition, engagement, development, leadership, talent retention and metrics, Mr. Cobb is focused on providing the tools and resources Halogen's clients need to execute strategic talent management initiatives. Prior to joining Halogen, Mr. Cobb held senior channel and sales positions at Gavel & Gown Software. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its hospitality suite meets the unique needs of this industry. For more information, visit www.halogensoftware.com

Mr. Cobb can be contacted at 613-270-1011 x 4110 or acobb@halogensoftware.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.