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Mr. Brewer

William A. Brewer

Founding Partner, Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors

William A. Brewer III is a founding partner of BREWER, Attorneys & Counselors (formerly Bickel & Brewer), with offices in New York and Dallas. Under Mr. Brewer's direction, the firm has become renowned for its successful handling of major disputes in a number of industries, including the hospitality industry. The firm has represented hotel franchisors, management companies, owners, developers, and investors in many of the highest-profile matters in the industry. Mr. Brewer is frequently published on a wide range of legal and business issues effecting the hospitality industry. Testament to the significance of Mr. Brewer's advocacy are the news organizations that routinely mention his work. In the past few years alone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Hotel Management, and Hotel Business, to name a few, have reported on hospitality matters in which Mr. Brewer is involved. He is a member of several leading industry associations, including the American Hotel & Motel Association and the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. Beyond these associations, Mr. Brewer is active in a broad range of professional groups and philanthropic organizations. He serves as chairman of the Brewer Foundation and is a member of the boards of trustees of New York University, Albany Law School and Paul Quinn College. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Mr. Brewer received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from St. John's University in 1974, followed in 1977 by his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. Thereafter, Mr. Brewer attended New York University School of Law, where he received a master of laws degree in trade regulation in 1978.

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

Mr. Brewer can be contacted at 212-489-1400 or wab@brewerattorneys.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.