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Mr. Cerrone

Bob Cerrone

Director of National Accounts - Hospitality, Ferguson

Bob Cerrone, Ferguson's Director of National Accounts - Hospitality, is responsible for leading Ferguson's Hospitality strategy and discovering and implementing new opportunities within the segment.

Mr. Cerrone, a nearly 40-year veteran of the plumbing industry, launched Ferguson's Hospitality division in 2006. Under his leadership, Ferguson Hospitality has grown into a talented group of more than 100 associates comprised of national account managers and the Hospitality Renovations Team.

Ferguson's Hospitality Renovations Team understands the needs of the specialty contractors that operate in the Hospitality Renovations market and how they do business. They provide product expertise to contractors, owners, hotel brands and purchasing groups on a large bundle of products and facilitate on-time delivery for renovation projects, typically working on compressed schedules.

Ferguson's Hospitality division serves many different customer segments: ownership groups, management companies, renovation contractors, purchasing companies, and independent and branded hotels throughout the U.S. Their product inventory addresses a broad range of hospitality needs: plumbing, lighting, appliances, HVAC, janitorial and sanitation supplies.

Additional support services include: a National Sales Center which is staffed by a highly experienced team of associates with deep knowledge of Ferguson's hospitality products and a 24/7 Express Response Commercial Water Heater Program which delivers hot water heaters onsite, directly to the location of installation within about two hours of a service call.

Mr. Cerrone can be contacted at 954-520-5965 or bob.cerrone@ferguson.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.