Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations Welcomes New Member Firms

Feb 08, 2016

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Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations Welcomes New Member Firms

Three companies have joined the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) as new corporate members, announced David Sherwyn, CIHLER’s academic director and the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Services at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

The new members are the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and Sunstone Hotel Investors. Representatives of the three firms will join the CIHLER advisory board. The new members are Anthony Pearl, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Rob Schnitz, senior vice president and associate general counsel, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts; and David Sloan, senior vice president and general counsel, Sunstone Hotel Investors.

“We have gained three exemplary new members of our advisory board,” Sherwyn added. “They bring remarkable depth and breadth in hospitality employment relations due to their professional experience and the top-level firms that they represent.” In addition to providing advice and counsel to the institute, advisory board members participate in the institute’s series of roundtables, which address current critical issues and trends in hospitality labor relations.

A major property in Las Vegas, the Cosmopolitan features 2,995 residential-style rooms, a casino, retail and restaurant space, a spa and fitness facility, a 3,200-seat theater, and extensive meeting and convention space.

Hyatt Corporation's worldwide portfolio consists of some 600 properties featuring six well-regarded full-service brands, as well as select service, extended stay, all-inclusive resorts, and timeshares.

Sunstone has interests in 29 hotels comprising 13,845 rooms primarily in the upper-upscale segment operated under such major brands as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, and Fairmont.

About the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations
The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations was established in 2013 as a platform for students, employers, employees, unions, and their advocates involved in the hospitality industry. The institute’s mission is to support educational programs, sponsor and disseminate research, and hold conferences and roundtables dedicated to modernizing labor and employment relations, analyzing labor and employment law, and improving human resource management and leadership in the hospitality industry. To achieve this goal, the institute supports classes focusing on labor and employment relations; disseminates empirical, theoretical, and doctrinal scholarship; and sponsors conferences and roundtables.

Center Members: Barnes & Thornburg LLP • The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows • Buchalter Nemer PC • Caesars Entertainment Corporation • Commune Hotels • Conn Maciel Carey PLLC • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas • Davis & Gilbert LLP • Deloitte LLP • Epstein Becker Green • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts • Fox Rothschild LLP • Hilton Worldwide • Hyatt Hotels Corporation • InterContinental Hotels Group • Interstate Hotels & Resorts • Jones Day • Kane Kessler, P.C. • Littler Mendelson • Loews Corporation • LRP Publications • PwC • Proskauer • Regan Development Corporation • Seaview Investors LLC • Starwood Hotels and Resorts • Taylor English Duma LLP • White Lodging