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Mr. Scypinski

Rob Scypinski

Senior Vice President of Industry Relations & Events, Hilton Worldwide

Rob Scypinski is Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Events, the Americas, for Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Scypinsky is a key figure in spearheading and strategizing how Hilton's portfolio of hotels engage with customers and plays a crucial role in deepening sales relationships with key stakeholders in the industry.

Mr. Scypinsky constantly keeps his finger on the pulse of the industry for innovative ways to evolve Hilton's meeting and events offerings and take the friction out of business and group travel. He is a 40-year veteran of the hospitality industry and began his career at Hilton Atlanta in 1984.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Scypinski was Senior Vice President of Hotel Sales in The Americas. He also served as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing Western Region, West, overseeing the Sales Operations for 40 hotels from Alaska to Mexico, and was Director of Marketing & Sales at Hilton San Francisco for nearly 15 years.

Mr. Scypinski is a long standing member of several hospitality industry organizations. He was a founding member of the Northern California Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) chapter. He is currently on the MPI and Meetings Mean Business Coalition boards and has was previously on both the PCMA Foundation and Meeting Professionals International Foundation boards. He has served as faculty for many sessions on contracts and legal language, revenue management, sales, customer engagement, and partnerships.

Mr. Scypinski's multiple industry recognitions include the honor of being named a 2016 Changemaker by MeetingsNet and his induction into Hilton's prestigious Circle of Excellence Award in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Pennsylvania State University.

Please visit http://meetings.hilton.com for more information.

Mr. Scypinski can be contacted at +1 703-883-1000 or Rob.Scypinski@Hilton.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.