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Mr. McSherry

Brian McSherry

Chief Operating Officer, M&R Hotel Management

Brian McSherry is responsible for growing the M&R Hotel Management portfolio by bringing new hotels into the system, ensuring the performance of all managed hotels, directing the senior leadership team and serving as chief company spokesman and liaison with the company's owners.

Mr. McSherry is a 38-year lodging industry veteran who has worked for Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in senior corporate roles, overseeing both full- and limited-service hotels in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Mr. McSherry previously was vice president, operations, for Stonebridge Companies, a hotel management company in Englewood, Colorado. In that role, he oversaw the company's properties in four states and the ground-up development of two hotels in Manhattan.

From 2009 to 2012, he was regional vice president for Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co., a hotel development and management company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He supervised the company's largest portfolio, including hotels in eight states that generated more than $125 million in annual sales.

Mr. McSherry came up through the ranks in food and beverage and served as general manager of hotels operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Meid Enterprises, Columbia Sussex Corp., Regal Hotels International, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel management and associate degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island, and a master of business administration degree in global management at the University of Phoenix, Arizona.

Please visit http://www.mrhotelgroup.com for more information.

Mr. McSherry can be contacted at +1 516-279-4888 or info@mrhotelgroup.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.