Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations Welcomes New Industry Advisors

Feb 13, 2018

Ithaca, NY, February 13, 2018 - The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) recently welcomed two new industry leaders to its advisory board. In this role, they will provide financial support to the institute and engage in the development of CHILER programming and research.

New advisory board members:

Mark Weiss is an accomplished real estate broker working at the highest levels in the industry. He recently joined Cushman & Wakefield as an executive vice chairman, having established himself as a leading commercial broker/advisor/tactician within the real estate industry. With 33 years of experience, Weiss has completed more than 1,600 transactions constituting a broad range of sizes, scope, and innovation. His many accomplishments include being a member of the Global Advisory Board of Cushman & Wakefield, three-time winner of the Real Estate Board of New York's Most Ingenious Deal of the Year, and two-time winner of Deal of the Year Long Island and once in New Jersey.

Bhavishi Patel is in-house counsel and director of administration for Eureka Casino Resort. Patel works on the legal and regulatory matters for the company, which operates hotels, casinos, and restaurants in Southern Nevada as well as heading the HR division. Originally from England, Patel received her master's degree in intellectual property law from the Cardozo School of Law in 2012, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen Mary University of London in 2011.

"We are thrilled to have Mark and Bhvashi join our Board, said David Sherwyn, CIHLER academic director and the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources at the School of Hotel Administration. Cushman & Wakefield is a leading hospitality real estate services firm. By joining CIHLER, Mark and Bhavishi prove that the labor and employment issues that govern the workplace are vital components of hospitality real estate. Labor costs and liabilities affect the value of the asset at purchase and the profitability while it's being held—Mark will be a great asset for our board. Bhvashi's company is the only ESOP in the gaming industry and on our board. Having employees 'own' the business creates a completely different dynamic. Bhavishi's experience and intelligence will add greatly to our knowledge and to CIHLER."