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Mr. Karmis

Christos Karmis

President, Mobilite

Christos Karmis is the President of Mobilitie, the leading wireless infrastructure provider of neutral-host Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cell and Wi-Fi networks.

Mr. Karmis oversees Mobilitie's major DAS and Wi-Fi installations across some of the largest venues in the United States, including the implementation of one of the world's largest and most robust Wi-Fi networks in the hospitality industry at all MGM Resort properties in Las Vegas. Mr. Karmis and the Mobilitie team recently helped set the national record during the 2014 Kentucky Derby for the highest mobile data traffic ever transmitted through a DAS network during an event.

Some of Mobilitie's other marquee deployments this year include The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Edward Jones Dome (home of the St. Louis Rams), The Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals), Nationwide Arena (home of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and location of the 2015 NHL All Star Game, the Honda Center (home of the Anaheim Ducks), and many other large venues in the US.

Before joining Mobilitie, Mr. Karmis specialized in real estate advisory services and the wireless communications industry with Deloitte Consulting. While at Deloitte, he provided operational and network optimization strategies to the world's largest wireless carriers.

Mr. Karmis holds an MBA from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida, a Management Certificate from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

Please visit www.mobilite.com for more information.

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Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.