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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 May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.