Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Korman

Robin Korman

Senior Vice President Loyalty Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group

Robin Korman was appointed senior vice president, loyalty marketing, in September 2009, overseeing Wyndham Rewards®, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group with more than 6,500 participating hotels in 36 countries. Among her many responsibilities, she handles the development and management of the company's loyalty program, which happens to be the largest in the hotel industry based on number of participating hotels; as well customer loyalty initiatives, all direct-marketing programs and internal and external strategic marketing alliances. Previously, she was senior vice president and general manager at Chase Card Services where she was responsible for overseeing the company's multi-billion dollar partner credit card portfolio, including development and repositioning of new and existing products and the creation of new acquisition and growth strategies. Prior to Chase, Ms. Korman spent seven years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, serving first as vice president, global loyalty marketing leader, and later as vice president, brand marketing leader for Aloft Hotels and Element Hotels. In those roles, she was responsible for overseeing Starwood's Preferred Guest program and later, for developing the positioning and marketing for the global launches of the company's Aloft® and ElementSM brands. In addition to her most recent experience, Ms. Korman has also served in executive marketing, communications and public relations roles with General Electric and Citibank.

Ms. Korman can be contacted at 973-753-6590 or robin.korman@wyn.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.