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Mr. Sun

Justin Sun

Compensation Analyst, Lockheed Martin

Justin Sun is a Compensation Analyst for Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors. In his current role, he serves as the Compensation Lead for the Communications, Legal, and Undersea Systems functions of the newly formed Mission and Systems and Training (MST) business area. In this role, he is responsible for supporting key compensation initiatives, such as FLSA compliance, rewards and recognition programs, compression, merit distribution process for union and non-union employees, and salary treatment standards. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Sun was a Human Resources Representative at PepsiCo, the world's second largest food and beverage business, where he supported the payroll and financial planning, pricing, and accounts receivable operations divisions of PepsiCo's North American bottling operations. Justin also worked in talent management and organizational development at Novartis where he supported the launch of the Women's Integrated Learning and Leadership (WILL) Initiative, a career development program focused on advancing women into leadership roles. At Novartis, he also developed a campus recruiting strategy to formalize the company's summer internship programs and to enhance Novartis' employment brand on college campuses. Mr. Sun's hospitality experience includes supporting the reopening of New York's Plaza Hotel through a $450 million renovation and helping to reposition the historic landmark into a AAA Five Diamond property for the first time in the hotel's 102-year history. While working in the human resources and rooms divisions, he devised standard operating procedures that improved the flow and consistency of service in the housekeeping, butler, and guest reception departments and that strengthened collaboration between teams. Mr. Sun continues to demonstrate a passion for advancing the world of work through his research conducted through Cornell's Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies and the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. In addition to co-authoring a case study on the use of HR analytics in decision-making, he has published research on innovative HR practices in the service industry. While at Cornell, Justin served as President of the Cornell Hotel Society, Collegiate Chapter and as the Human Resources Director for The 82nd Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, a student-run leadership conference. Mr. Sun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University. He continues to support his alma mater as an active member of the university's alumni association. Justin holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

Mr. Sun can be contacted at 206-484-8788 or js389@cornell.edu

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.