Professor Alan Fairbairn received his Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University. His career encompassed corporate positions in Sales, Marketing and Operations for Pan American Airways and regional restaurant chains. In the 1970's, he served as the General Manager for the Hawksbill Beach Hotel in Antigua. Upon returning to the United States, he developed, designed, opened, and operated six restaurant concepts from Maine to Florida for himself and his partners—one of which was awarded four stars. He also consulted in the purchase and development of dozens of others for his clients.
In 1985, he started teaching Hospitality Management at New York Institute of Technology where he went on to attain his Masters in Communication Arts. Professor Fairbairn currently serves as course leader for multiple Hospitality classes. He spent summers in the late '80s and early '90s as a visiting Professor for UNLV teaching at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. "The Professor," as he is known to most Long Island industry executives, also designed a travel course to Costa Rica in "Sustainable Tourism," which he has taught for three consecutive years. In 2015, his work in this area earned him and Dr. Robert Koenig the coveted Presidential Award for Student Engagement.
Professor Fairbairn received the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and was honored to receive the Certified Hospitality Industry Analyst (CHIA) certification.
While continuing to teach full time for over 30 years, Professor Fairbairn was licensed as a commercial Real Estate broker, and was personally responsible for the exclusive marketing of over $150 million in hotel assets in the late 90's. He went on to open his own management company which was contracted from ground breaking through opening and operating the first Wingate Inn on Long Island. Under his tutelage this hotel twice won the National award for Best Wingate Inn out of over 100 similarly branded hotels in the nation.
Professor Fairbairn then went onto serve from 2005–2010 as a consulting Regional Director of Operations for a management company operating five assisted living communities, with over 500 employees and licenses for over 1000 beds. His expertise resulted in boosting gross revenues from $16 million to $22 million and converting an operating loss of $1 million to an operating profit of $3 million.
As founder and CEO of Highland Service Industries (HSIC), a consulting firm to the Hospitality Industries, Professor Fairbairn has most recenty consulted on the design of a 120-room waterfront conference center in Long Island, a 40-room boutique hotel in Manhattan, and the design and renovation for a 100-year-old Queens tavern. HSIC currently offers numerous management training seminars. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Discover Long Island since 2010.
- Marketing Trends in Adventure Tourism
- Sustainable Tourism best Practices in Education
- Co Chaired development of Conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Hospitality Industry
- Board Committee of Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau to recruit and interview candidates for President
Honors & Awards
- President's Global Student Engagement Award, 2015
Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT
- Sustainable Tourism
- Senior Seminar
- Facilities Layout, Design and Development