“This is completely different from what I’ve done for most of my life,” Sylvia Wong says, looking out on a sprawling, green field just 100 miles outside of Manhattan, in beachy Amagansett. Though it appears second nature to her—as she greets guests, readies every room, lays out a daily offering of afternoon cookies, and maps out landscaping additions—owning and operating a hotel was never exactly in the cards for Wong.
Trained as a lawyer at New York University, she began her career at a law firm in the city working on mergers and acquisitions before joining IBM. During her 15 years at the technology behemoth, Wong was posted
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