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Mr. Kiesner

Steve Kiesner

Director of National Accounts, Edison Electric Institute

Steve Kiesner is Director of the Edison Electric Institute's National Accounts Program. Based in Washington, D.C., EEI is the trade association of shareholder-owned energy companies. Its members produce approximately 79% of all of the electricity generated by electric utilities in the US. EEI's National Accounts provides multi-site companies with marketing information and intelligence. It also serves as a clearinghouse of information for the industry and provides forums for its members and multi-site national customers to engage one other-conduct business, discuss important issues, and share information. The National Accounts program also provides grass root lobbying initiatives with commercial customers. Steve has been with EEI's National Accounts since August, 1996. Before EEI, Steve was with the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) for seven years where he served as customer representative for the federal government including the GSA, White House, Architect of the U.S. Capitol, National Parks Service, Smithsonian Institution, FBI, and several federal agencies others. He also was involved in implementing Pepco's Curtailable Load Program, an end-use management program for large commercial customers. Steve has a B.S. degrees in Economics and Business-Finance.

Mr. Kiesner can be contacted at 202-508-5000 or skiesner@eei.org

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.