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Ms. Gendron

Mary Gendron

Senior Vice President / Managing Director, Mower

Mary Gendron heads the New York City office of Mower, which ranks among the nation's most prominent independent marketing, advertising and public relations firms, appearing on "best of" industry lists in each of its primary practice categories. Ms. Gendron also leads the agency's Travel and Tourism practice whose clients span hotels, destinations, airlines and attractions including Pebble Beach Resorts, Westchester County Tourism & Film, Lufthansa Group and Maid of the Mist. The agency provides marketing counsel and services to this sector ranging from advertising to public relations, digital to traditional media, as well as paid search, SEO and analytics, organic and paid social and an array of strategic services, including crisis communications planning. Mower is a specialist in connecting brands with their constituents in meaningful, profitable, friendly, and lasting ways. In partnership with client companies, Mower's work has won countless travel and tourism and general marketing industry awards for effectiveness and creativity.

Ms. Gendron received the 2011 Winthrop W. Grice Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Relations from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. She was a founding board member of ISPA and of Washington Spa Alliance. She also served on the board of New York Spa Alliance and has been a delegate to the Global Wellness Summit. Ms. Gendron was named to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Crisis Communications Committee in the aftermath of 9/11. She is a frequent speaker and author on various marketing topics.


Please visit https://www.mower.com/travel-and-tourism/ for more information.

Ms. Gendron can be contacted at +1 212-980-9065 or mgendron@mower.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.