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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 February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.