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Mr. Nalewanski

Loren Nalewanski

Vice President & Global Brand Manager, TownePlace Suites & Springhill Suites by Marriott

A Hospitality veteran, Loren Nalewanski joined Marriott International, Inc., over 25 years ago and during this time has managed all areas of property operations in many brands. After serving in property roles from coast to coast, Mr. Nalewanski was appointed Vice President, for Talent Management and Work Environment for North America, establishing the Work Environment Center of Excellence at Marriott, guided the architecture of the associate engagement strategy in use globally today for Marriott International. In 2009, Mr. Nalewanski was named Vice President of Global Operations Services working to develop the Global Operations Services group. In this role, he led the teams responsible for key areas related to the deployment of all operational programs, products and services, across all Luxury, Lifestyle and Marriott Endorsed brands. Today, Mr. Nalewanski is Vice President and Global Brand Manager of both the TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites by Marriott brands. With more than 280 TownePlace Suites properties open in the United States and Canada (over 190 in the pipeline), and 343 SpringHill Suites (150 in the pipeline), these brands are experiencing remarkable results and growth. Mr. Nalewanski is a Rockford, Illinois, native and a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is married with four children and resides in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Nalewanski can be contacted at loren.nalewanski@marriott.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.