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Mr. Brewer III

William A. Brewer III

Managing Partner, Bickel & Brewer

Mr. Brewer Co-Founding & Co-Managing Partner of Bickel & Brewer has earned a reputation as one of the most successful attorneys in the United States practicing in the field of complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Under Mr. Brewer’s direction, Bickel & Brewer has become renowned for its innovative handling of major disputes in a number of industries, including the hospitality industry. Not only has his work in this area changed the state of the law, but it also has resulted in the formulation of creative solutions to countless problems confronting the industry. The firm has represented hotel franchisors, management companies, owners, developers, and investors in many of the highest-profile matters in the industry. Mr. Brewer is frequently published on a wide range of legal and business issues effecting the hospitality industry. Testament to the significance of Mr. Brewer’s advocacy are the news organizations that routinely mention his work. In the past few years alone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Hotel Management, and Hotel Business, to name a few, have reported on hospitality matters in which Mr. Brewer is involved. He is a member of several leading industry associations, including the American Hotel & Motel Association and the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. Beyond these associations, Mr. Brewer is active in a broad range of professional groups and philanthropic organizations. He serves as chairman of the Bickel & Brewer Foundation and is a member of the boards of trustees of New York University, Albany Law School and Paul Quinn College. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Mr. Brewer received his bachelor of arts degree, *cum laude*, from St. John’s University in 1974, and his juris doctor, *cum laude*, from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1977. Thereafter, Mr. Brewer attended New York University School of Law where he received a Master of Laws in Trade Regulation in 1978. Mr. Brewer is admitted to practice in Texas and New York, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Federal Circuits.

Mr. Brewer III can be contacted at 214.653.4000 or wbrewer@bickelbrewer.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.