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Dr. Tinnish

Susan Tinnish

Advisory Group Chair, Vistage

Sue Tinnish, Ph.D., is a seasoned hospitality professional who has been writing for HotelExecutive since 2013. She has a diverse background in hospitality and business with specific skills in leadership, formulating strategy, managing change, building teams, and delivering on strategic and tactical projects.

Dr. Tinnish has been selected to serve as a Vistage leader (Chair). Since 1957, Vistage has been helping CEOs improve and grow their businesses. Fundamental to Vistage's success is the convening of non-competing peer advisory boards where business leaders can gain different perspectives and seek clarity to their pressing issues, decisions and challenges. Sue will be assembling a group in Chicago - which she hopes will include representation of the hotel sector.

Prior to her work coaching and working with CEOs though Vistage, Dr. Tinnish worked as a Strategist at Minding Your Business (MYB). MYB works to develop relevant, meaningful and sustainable approaches to strategic planning, branding, marketing / communications strategies, customer/member initiatives, plus helping organizations engage with their audiences through re-engineered meetings and events. Their primary customer base is hospitality organizations, associations, destination marketing organizations with a smattering of corporate clients.

Prior to that Dr. Tinnish served as the dean of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management and the International School of Business. As Dean, she oversaw and managed all aspects of the Schools including faculty and curriculum selection, assessment and program direction. She served as a member of Kendall's academic leadership team. Initially joining Kendall as a faculty member, Dr. Tinnish taught courses on leadership, organizational behavior, sustainability, meeting management and human resource. She started working in the hospitality industry after leaving a successful career in financial services (corporate sales), concentrating on meetings and events. Dr. Tinnish served as President of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Chicago area chapter and was recognized by her peers with numerous awards including being inducted to the Chapter Hall of Fame.

A highly regarded thought leader in the hospitality industry, Dr. Tinnish is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Beyond her contributions to the HotelExecutive, some of her recent publications include: Embedding Sustainability into a Hotel: One leader's view of the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, co-written with Dr. Kevin Lynch appearing in Sustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation, Greenleaf Publishing, 2016. Also appearing in the same book is her chapter, A Strategic Decision Framework for Hotel Managers Embarking on a Sustainable Supply Chain Management Initiative. She also contributed two chapters (Designing the Meeting Experience and Strategic Meetings: Aligning with Organizational Priorities) to Professional Meeting Management: A Guide to Convention, Meetings and Events, 6th edition.

Dr. Tinnish earned her PhD from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and marketing from University of Chicago's Booth School and a B.S. in communication studies from Northwestern University.

Please visit http://www.vistage.com for more information.

Dr. Tinnish can be contacted at 847-404-7325 or Sue.Tinnish@vistagechair.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.