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Mr. Acton

Scott Acton

CEO & Founder, Forte Specialty Contractors

Building on three generations of creative execution behind some of the globe's most iconic experiential spaces, Scott Acton is no stranger to the unusual in the world of construction. As the CEO and founder of Forte Specialty Contractors in Las Vegas, a construction firm specializing in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, nightlife and entertainment industries, he is known for tackling some of the most difficult and attention-grabbing construction challenges in the industry.

Mr. Acton's entrance into this arena began with a long family history of Disney projects, which, as an entity, is known for creative, unusual experiences requiring innovative construction techniques. Part of developing this skill set for Mr. Acton included attending “Disney University” where he learned the business and leadership skills necessary to build a successful career. Mr. Acton began working for his father at the age of 16, but soon realized his entrepreneurial drive was too strong to just keep working for the family business.

A third-generation craftsman, Mr. Acton worked a variety of odd jobs then followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, becoming a notable entrepreneur in his own right. His early work comprises several landmarks across North America, including portions of Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disney, showcasing Mr. Acton's affinity to thematic design and construction.

In 2002, Mr. Acton started his own company, Trevi Manufacturing, naming it after the most famous fountain in the world - the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. He wanted to combine manufacturing with construction, a marriage not seen within the market. He grew Trevi from a startup to a $12 million company in only two years, resulting in national accolades including being named the U.S. Small Business Administration's “Small Business Person of the Year” for Nevada. His first project in Sin City was Treasure Island's pirate ships, which provide the hotel its iconic presence on the Las Vegas Strip.

Please visit http://fortedesignbuild.com/ for more information.

Mr. Acton can be contacted at 702-697-2000 or scott@fortedesignbuild.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.