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Ms. Donnally

Trish Donnally

Public Relations Manager, Perkins Eastman

Trish Donnally is the Public Relations Manager for Perkins Eastman. She has built her career on writing about and promoting inspiring design. Previously, Ms. Donnally was Regional Public Relations Director for Gensler and Director of Public Relations for ForrestPerkins.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Donnally was Editor in Chief of Washington Spaces, a design magazine owned by The Washington Post that she helped launch in 2004 to celebrate the work of talented architects and interior designers. Ms. Donnally has co-authored three books on design. The first, The New Traditional with Darryl Carter, one of Architectural Digest's Top 100, Clarkson Potter / Publishers, 2008, is in its third printing. Elle Decor named her second book, The Collected Home, also co-authored with Darryl Carter, among the Best Design Books of Winter 2012. And she co-authored Ingenue to Icon with Howard V. Kurtz, D Giles Limited, London, 2015.

Prior to that, Ms. Donnally was Fashion Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where she interviewed Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others, and was honored with more than two dozen national journalism awards. She covered the runway collections in Milan, Paris, and New York for 15 years. Ms. Donnally holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland.

Please visit https://www.perkinseastman.com for more information.

Ms. Donnally can be contacted at 202-239-4588 or t.donnally@perkinseastman.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.