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Mr. Cicero

Sam Cicero

President, Cicero's Development Corp.

Sam E. Cicero, Jr. took over the helm as president of Cicero's Development in 2012 after a successful 35-year career working in all departments of the company. His responsibilities included working on the construction team developing expertise in the various trades, as well as working in the administrative side of the business where his responsibilities included human resources, accounts receivable, information technology and sales and marketing. Today, Mr. Cicero oversees the daily operations of the business and is involved personally with each project, troubleshooting potential challenges and their solutions, communicating with project owners and representatives updating them on the progress of their project. Having been mentored by his father, Mr. Cicero holds the key values and leads the team in the traditions that have made Cicero's a respected leader in the construction and commercial renovation industry, and has played a significant role in keeping Cicero's at the forefront of quality and innovation. After developing expertise in executing their Renovationomix® program and its many divisifered systems, he became a principal developer of the company's highly successful Disruption Avoidance Management (DAM) program that enables hotel clients to continue operating and maintaining high guest satisfaction levels throughout the renovation process. For over 3 decades, Mr. Cicero worked with his father to assemble a team of professionals respected for their commitment to customer service and quality work. Their track record for meeting deadlines and keeping to budget requirements have been second to none, demonstrating how well they know the renovation and construction process. Mr. Cicero solutions-oriented style has earned him a reputation among colleagues and clients alike for his ability to develop solid strategies, handle conflicts and resolve challenging situations. He has also earned industry awards for the company's high standards of excellence. Sam Cicero, Jr. holds all licensing requirements for the various state and municipalities where Cicero's does business, and is uniquely qualified to take Cicero's Development to even greater heights.

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

Mr. Cicero can be contacted at 866-904-0141 or secicero@cicerosdev.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.