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Ms. Miller

Tammy S. Miller

President, Alternate Resources

Tammy Miller is a thirty year veteran of the Interior Design and Purchasing world. Ms. Miller founded Alternate Resources in 1991 to address a tremendous need in the Hospitality Industry and contract markets for high quality personalized end to end project management. Ms. Miller has built Alternate Resources with the concept that a good designer understands how to purchase, and a good purchasing agent clearly understands what the design intent is, while managing to budgets and deadlines. It is her expertise in both of these concentrations, which sets Alternate Resources apart. Ms. Miller helps create the vision of the owner, and then finds the means to achieve this vision, while exceeding the expectations of the guest, owner, management, and brand. By offering her skills to hotel owners and management firms, she fills a principal position on a project team which lends years of experience to any new build or renovation. Ms. Miller can help develop innovative and creative design, select and specify appropriate products, manage the procurement and financial process, communicate consistently with the project team and stay within budget requirements and deadlines.

First and foremost, Ms. Miller is a business professional and understands clearly the need to make good design and financial decisions for the projected life of the refurbishment or new build. Successful projects include brand hotels such as Starwood, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Wyndham, Choice, Independent and Boutique Hotels and Casinos. Prior to founding Alternate Resources, Ms. Miller was Senior Vice President of Branch Design at Shearson American Express where she was responsible for branch design on a national level, establishing national standards and negotiating national contracts for all products used in the branch offices including FF&E and OS&E.

Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is passionate about parenting, travel and photography.

Please visit http://www.alternateresources.com for more information.

Ms. Miller can be contacted at 914-713-1001 or tammy@alternateresources.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.