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Ms. Brown

Nancy Brown

PhD Emergency Management, Joint Centre for Disaster Research

Nancy Brown, PhD brings the practical experience of more than 10 years working with a number of multi-national hotel organizations to her academic speciality, disaster resilience within the hotel sector. Dr. Brown has experience working with hotels in the USA and the Caribbean.

Over the last three years Dr. Brown has worked full time developing the Disaster Resilience Framework for Hotels (DRFH) which describes factors of resilience that hotels can leverage to build resilience. This interdisciplinary study combines the relatively new disaster science field with hospitality industry studies and organizational resilience studies. Hotels in New Zealand participated in providing data for testing the DRFH.

Dr. Brown's work has been published in a number of academic journals, including the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her long-term objects include continued development of pragmatic ways for hotel management to build disaster resilience that also enhance the hotel's profitability and long-term customer-service goals.

Originally from Southern California, Dr. Brown earned a Master of Science degree at California State University, Long Beach in Emergency Services Administration and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Brown leveraged this education to develop best practices and training programs while working as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for The Hotels at the Disneyland Resort® in Anaheim, California.

In pursuit of excellence and empirical knowledge, she recently completed her PhD in Emergency Management at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Please visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nancy_Brown11 for more information.

Ms. Brown can be contacted at +1 9498745508 or nancyalcalabrown@gmail.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.