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Mr. Roman

Anthony C. Roman

CEO, Roman & Associates

Anthony C. Roman is CEO of Roman and Associates, a global insurance and corporate investigation, risk management, and security consulting firm. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, MSNBC, CNN International, Associated Press, New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, and New York Newsday. He is the software designer of WEB TRAC, a claims, legal, risk management and security intelligent software program. You can follow him @RomanSearch.com, Twitter and Facebook. He may be reached at aroman@romansearch.com. Mr. Roman has performed investigations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Chile. He has 35 years investigating criminal, corporate, insurance fraud and technical cases. The Roman & Associates management team is comprised of attorney investigators, former United States Justice Department special agents and former investigative journalists. Early in his career Mr. Roman was a member of the executive protection team for Harry and Leona Helmsley. His responsibilities for the Helmsley-Spear Corporation also included securing residential and corporate facilities, investigating major boutique hotel and corporate thefts, and internal malfeasance. Mr. Roman has worked for the insurance industry specializing in technical investigation which includes such areas as medical malpractice, environmental pollution and construction defects. He has also conducted major studies of metropolitan hospitals medical/surgical policies and procedures, uncovering and correcting deficiencies, which were likely to lead to medical/surgical incidents resulting in malpractice litigation. Mr. Roman has specialized in investigating multimillion dollar commercial burglaries including major art thefts, high value warehouse inventory burglaries and corporate internal malfeasance. He works to design policy and procedures for companies in the Fortune 500 group to deter organized crime infiltration of executive level positions. Other services that his company provides include high level security system audits, liability risk management, premise anti-theft measures and devising tractor trailer anti-hijacking procedures. In addition, he is a qualified commercial corporate pilot and flight instructor. Mr. Roman is a prolific inventor and is in the process of patenting five inventions including a software driven life-saving device and an anti-kidnapping device. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at the State University of NY Aerospace Department and is a former Human Rights Commissioner.

Mr. Roman can be contacted at aroman@romansearch.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.