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Mr. Cornell

Robert M. Cornell

Senior Vice President of Development, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

With more than 35 years experience in the hotel, airline and travel industries, Mr. Robert M. Cornell serves as Senior Vice President of Development for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Cornell joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 1994 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. From 2002 to 2004, he served as Managing Director of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand. A recognized expert in Quality Assurance, he also directs the company’s award-winning Global Standards of Excellence™ quality assurance program. In 2006, he was instrumental in the development of Preferred Residences a new luxury residential brand created in partnership with Interval, and, in 2007, he led the acquisition team for Historic Hotels of America. Previously, he had been a Co-Founder and acted as Senior Vice President of the former Sterling Hotels brand. He also spent 12 years with Four Seasons Hotels, LTD, serving as Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Planning, Vice President of Field Marketing and at the property level, Resident Manager of the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle and Director of Marketing at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Mr. Cornell also held sales, promotion and marketing positions with Swissair and American Express travel. Mr. Cornell received his certificates in Hotelierie as an operations apprentice working at hotels in Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Morocco. He also attended Portland State College in Portland Oregon, The French Institute in New York and more recently earned a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.

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

Mr. Cornell can be contacted at 312-542-9205 or rcornell@preferredhotels.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.