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Ms. Ryan

Andria Ryan

Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andria Lure Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and she serves as the chair of the firm's Hospitality Industry Practice Group. She joined the law firm in 1988. Ms. Ryan represents numerous hotel, resort, restaurant and related employers throughout the United States in various phases of labor and employment law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day-to-day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. In 2005, Ms. Ryan served as chair of the State Bar of Georgia's Labor and Employment Law Section. She is an active member on the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Human Resources Committee. In addition, she is a frequent speaker to industry groups and human resources professionals on such topics as avoiding harassment in the workplace, maintaining a union-free workplace, wage and hour and immigration compliance, avoiding discrimination claims, proper interviewing and effective discipline and discharge techniques. Ms. Ryan has authored numerous articles for industry publications including most recently articles about appearance policies and the use of criminal background checks by employers. In 2007, she received the Chairman's Award from the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association for her development of the Employment Compliance Guide for Colorado Hospitality Employers. She also has been honored by the South Carolina Hospitality Association and the Washington Lodging Association for valuable contributions by an Allied member. Ms. Ryan is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Catholic University.

Ms. Ryan can be contacted at 404-240-4219 or aryan@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.