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Ms. Miller

Tammy S. Miller

President, Alternate Resources

Tammy Miller is a thirty year veteran of the Interior Design and Purchasing world. Ms. Miller founded Alternate Resources in 1991 to address a tremendous need in the Hospitality Industry and contract markets for high quality personalized end to end project management. Ms. Miller has built Alternate Resources with the concept that a good designer understands how to purchase, and a good purchasing agent clearly understands what the design intent is, while managing to budgets and deadlines. It is her expertise in both of these concentrations, which sets Alternate Resources apart. Ms. Miller helps create the vision of the owner, and then finds the means to achieve this vision, while exceeding the expectations of the guest, owner, management, and brand. By offering her skills to hotel owners and management firms, she fills a principal position on a project team which lends years of experience to any new build or renovation. Ms. Miller can help develop innovative and creative design, select and specify appropriate products, manage the procurement and financial process, communicate consistently with the project team and stay within budget requirements and deadlines.

First and foremost, Ms. Miller is a business professional and understands clearly the need to make good design and financial decisions for the projected life of the refurbishment or new build. Successful projects include brand hotels such as Starwood, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Wyndham, Choice, Independent and Boutique Hotels and Casinos. Prior to founding Alternate Resources, Ms. Miller was Senior Vice President of Branch Design at Shearson American Express where she was responsible for branch design on a national level, establishing national standards and negotiating national contracts for all products used in the branch offices including FF&E and OS&E.

Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is passionate about parenting, travel and photography.

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

Ms. Miller can be contacted at 914-713-1001 or tammy@alternateresources.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.