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HR in Hospitality™ Event a Big Success!

More than 600 human resource professionals in the hotel, restaurant and foodservice industries
attended the second annual conference and expo produced by Human Resource Executive®
and Cornell University

2009 event is scheduled for March 16–19, at
Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Florida

HORSHAM, PA. — MARCH 26, 2008 — Last week more than 600 Human Resource professionals in the Hotel, Restaurant and Foodservice industries gathered in Las Vegas to attend the 2nd Annual National HR in Hospitality™ Conference & Expo.  The event, produced by Human Resource Executive® Magazine, Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and School of Industrial and Labor Relations, provided an information-packed forum where tough issues were tackled, ideas were shared, and relationships were made.

“We predicted the 2008 event would be a winner, and we were right,” said Harry Katz, Dean, Cornell University, ILR School, Ithaca, N.Y. “Attendees loved the interactive, sector-specific sessions for Hotel, Restaurant and Foodservice practitioners. The hot-topic discussions, each of which were repeated once, were the most popular – mostly because of the depth of discussion and the urgent, timely nature of the topics. The six-roundtable discussions also were a big hit – they were widely attended and received great praise for the interaction between speakers and attendees, and attendees among themselves. 

“This event has proven itself to be valuable to all who attend, and we are confident that it is an event that will only grow in popularity,” he said. “We would like to thank our valued speakers for helping us to put together such an informative, and thought-provoking program, and we welcome feedback from all participants so that we can strive to make the 2009 event even better.”

Attendee Katy Milarta, director of Human Resources for Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality, a hotel real estate and management company, said she found the conference valuable for networking purposes and information takeaway, specifically compliance and legislation. 

“Current event discussions, including the Employee Free Choice Act and the ramifications for employers, as well as retaliation and workplace privacy were helpful in preparing human resources on how to deal with these issues should they arise,” she said. “Equally important, taking a proactive approach to decrease liability, was also addressed.  I definitely plan on attending next year’s conference!”

Exceptional Expo

The HR in Hospitality™ Expo also met with rave reviews. The expo provided a forum to further assist attendees through exposure to products and services related to: Benefits Administration, Compensation Systems & Services, Dependant Care Programs, Diversity Hiring/Compliance Training, Drug/Substance Abuse Testing, Employee Assistance Programs, Employee Communications, Enterprise HR Outsourcing & BPO & RPO, Foodservices, Health Benefits & HSAs, HR Consulting, HRO, HRIS & Web-based Services, Insurance, legal, Logo Wear & Uniforms, Payroll Software & Services, Payroll Screening and Assessment, Recruitment, Retirement & 401(K) Services, Safety & Security Services, Training, Wealth Benefits & Group Life, Disability & Workers’ and more. 

“The HR in Hospitality™ Expo is a terrific venue for HR professionals in the Hospitality industry to come face-to-face with services and programs that can help them in their daily tasks,” said exhibitor Cordell Clinger, Convention Manager at O.C. Tanner Company in Salt Lake City. “We were pleased with the exposure and interest in our products and services.  The topics at the conference were timely and generated great conversations in our booth.  I would highly recommend attendance at this event for target marketing and selling.  Great job to the entire conference team!”

The 3rd Annual National HR in Hospitality™ Conference is scheduled for March 16–19, 2009, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Florida. The event will build on the strengths of this year’s program. 

About HR in Hospitality™

HR in Hospitality™ was developed and produced by Human Resource Executive® Magazine, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and Cornell University ILR School. HR in Hospitality™ is the premier event specifically for professionals in the hospitality industry who handle employment law, human resource management and labor relations.

In addition to the conference, the HR in Hospitality™ Expo Hall is open for two days and is designed to further assist attendees through exposure to products and services related to benefits, HRO, legal, payroll, screening and assessment, training and recruiting.

About HRE Conferences

Thousands of HR professionals network, research workforce solutions and make buying decisions at the three annual Human Resource Executive® events: HR in Hospitality™; NY HR Week™, April 15-17, 2008; and the HR Technology® Conference & Exposition, October 15-17, 2008. More information about these conferences can be accessed at

Note to editors: HR in Hospitality™ is produced by HRE Conferences, a division of LRP Conferences, LLC.  Trademarks and registered trademarks referenced herein remain the property of their respective owners. A limited number of complimentary press passes are available for HR in Hospitality™ 2009. To request a press pass for the 2009 event, please contact PRPRO.


Barb Worcester
Tel: (440) 930-5770

Carolyn Hinson
Product Group Manager 
LRP Publications
561-622-6520, ext. 8773


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