Hotelier Weekly
November 17, 2016
AAHOA’s Jagruti Panwala served as a panelist this week at the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) Trade Fair and a judge at the Gold Key Awards gala. She spoke as part of the women leaders’ panel and helped award the "Excellence in Hospitality Design" to industry leaders and finalists from around the United States.
Thanks to South Carolina Regional Director Mahesh "Mike" Patel and the S.C. ambassadors for putting on a great event! We’re happy to report that the trade show went swimmingly, and the education session was so popular that we had to extend it an extra half-hour! Finally, congratulations and thanks go to our 2016-2017 South Carolina Premier Ambassador, Neal Patel.
Great attendance as always at our third Texas regional and last AAHOA regional of 2016! Thanks to South Central Texas Regional Director Girish "Gary" Patel and his ambassador team for all their hard work this year to keep their region performing so well. Congrats also to the 2016-2017 South Central Texas Premier Ambassador, Neil Patel!
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AAHOA in the News
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, "Voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures that will require employers to offer paid sick leave to workers" beginning in the next two years.
Federal Judge Amos Mazzant held a hearing yesterday morning in Sherman, Texas, on whether to enjoin the Labor Department's new overtime rule. Two lawsuits, one from 21 state attorneys general and one from business groups, have been consolidated into one that argues the salary threshold ($47,476) is too high and that the Labor Department exceeded its authority. Judge Mazzant will likely issue a decision before the rule takes effect on December 1.
According to Politico’s Ted Hesson: "A decision draws near in a court challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Ruling, which made it easier for the NLRB to hold companies jointly accountable for the labor practices of subcontractors or franchisees. Browning-Ferris filed its final brief last week, and the NLRB and the teamsters (who represent the Browning-Ferris workers) filed final briefs Tuesday." Stay tuned for more information.
Events and Happenings
Space WILL NOT last – register now to save your spot! The workshop will be facilitated by long-time AAHOA member and educator Tarun Kapoor. This workshop is intended to guide you through deciding to build, seeking financing, attaining the proper permits, and planning for construction.
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AAHOA Education
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Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 2-2:30 p.m. EST: Immigration remains front-page news. The election is over. As immigration reform moves from a theoretical idea to legislation, learn 10 steps employers must do now to prepare.
Featured Member Benefit
AAHOA has joined with the University of Houston Conrad Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management (UH) to create a new AAHOA Scholarship. Here are some quick highlights:
   ●  AAHOA will contribute a total of $125,000 to UH over the next five years, beginning in 2016.
   ●  The contributions will be matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, creating a $250,000 fund to be named the AAHOA Student Assistantship & Scholarship Endowment.
   ●  Out-of-state and international students who receive this scholarship will be awarded in-state tuition fees. To find out more about the qualifications or how to apply, please click here.
Industry News
Danielle Hess, Hotel News Now
Going into 2017, food-and-beverage experts at hotel companies are focusing on hiring local talent and serving local food, while accommodating guest meal location requests, such as eating breakfast poolside.
Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times
Airbnb, the hugely popular home-renting platform, is bringing 7,500 of its hosts and others to Los Angeles for a conference, but labor union members and affordable housing advocates aren’t putting out the welcome mat.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
Samual E. Cicero, Jr., Today’s Hotelier
These behind-the-scenes, non-billable tactics all too often go unnoticed but are necessary for an overall positive renovation experience.
Thomas Magnuson, Today’s Hotelier
When running a family business, lead with clarity, transparency and trust. Have you ever dreamt your small family company could someday be the next Hilton or Marriott? Well, I’ve grown up in a dynasty (with its share of disaster), and here is what I have learned.


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