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Ms. Howe

Teri Howe

Principal Product Manager, Agilysys

Teri Howe is a principal product manager at Agilysys, a leading technology company providing innovative software solutions for point-of-sale (POS), property management, analytics, inventory and procurement, and mobile solutions and services to the hospitality industry. Ms. Howe is a global subject matter expert on POS mobility and is responsible for the strategic development of the InfoGenesis product family. During her time at Agilysys, Teri has focused on positioning InfoGenesis as the leading point-of-sale technology solution for the hospitality industry focused on delivering value through stronger guest engagement. Over the past five years, the company has taken a leadership position in moving hospitality solutions to next-generation Software as a Service (SaaS) and mobile capabilities. And, with its new rGuest platform, Agilysys provides the first platform-based, fully integrated hospitality solution focused on optimizing the guest experience through a single comprehensive view of each guest in every interaction.

Please visit https://agilysys.com for more information.

Ms. Howe can be contacted at 770-810-6053 or teri.howe@agilysys.com

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.