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Mr. Fein

Lewis Fein

CEO, Lewis Fein Communications

Lewis Fein is an analyst and writer about the hotel industry. His insights, gathered during many years of travel and correspondence with hotel executives from a variety of resorts and business destinations, afford Mr. Fein a more iconoclastic approach to discussing the importance of leadership among hoteliers. That approach extends to his work on behalf of Clear Sky Recovery, with its emphasis on customized and compassionate patient care.

Mr. Fein's work on behalf of individual hotels and assorted brands - including, respectively, technology companies, health and wellness consultants, independent retailers, and makers of fashion and lifestyle accessories - gives him a heightened appreciation for the way strong leaders can inspire patrons and staff alike.

A former speechwriter, Mr. Fein understands the importance of language, its nuances and precision, as well as its call to action and summons to greatness. The words are but one part of a twofold basis of leadership, followed by deeds of intelligence and wisdom. Applying those principles in a practical way is an inseparable element of the duties Mr. Fein performs, resulting in favorable media coverage for the companies he represents and the counsel he provides for many executives and entrepreneurs.

A graduate of Brandeis University, with a concentration in Politics and History, Mr. Fein also has a law degree from The Emory University School of Law. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Fein can be contacted at 310-746-7771 or feinlewis@gmail.com

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.