Editorial Board   

Mr. DiLeva

Michael DiLeva

Executive Vice President, The IDT Group

Michael DiLeva joined The IDT Group - the hospitality industry's leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) services provider - in 2007 as the head of both the company's Gaming Division and corporate business development. In this role, he oversees a variety of tasks such as industry relations, marketing and strategic/solution alliances. Mr. DiLeva also plays an active role in the company's development and delivery of advanced guest management technology and services for hotel chains including Marriott, Millennium, Benchmark, Destination and Mandarin Oriental. IDT also serves over 200 upscale independent properties including Canyon Ranch, The Broadmoor and Hershey Resorts. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. DiLeva served as Executive Vice President and General Manger of KoolConnect Technologies - a leading provider of digital and advanced High Definition entertainment services to the luxury and upscale segments of the Hospitality Industry. While at KoolConnect, Mr. DiLeva oversaw Sales, Marketing, Operations and Product Definition, worked closely with leading operators including Mandarin Oriental, Pan Pacific, InterContinental and Wynn Resorts and helped the company to grow over 1,200% during his tenure. Earlier in his career, Mr. DiLeva served as Managing Director of the Hospitality Practice for Unisys Corporation, a Fortune(R) 300 technology and services company. In that position, he extended the company's travel solutions expertise from airlines into the hospitality industry and introduced a variety of solutions into this prior "green field" market for Unisys, including broadband connectivity and consulting, customer loyalty systems development and implementation, enterprise security and video-on-demand. During his time with Unisys, the Hospitality Practice grew from a start-up to a $12 million business and he personally provided consulting services for C-Level executives at major hotel companies and hospitality vendors in the United States, Europe and Middle East. Mr. DiLeva's other experience includes a stint as Vice President of Marketing for a hospitality technology company that deployed in-room High-Speed Internet Access in upscale and luxury hotel properties throughout the United States. In addition, he spent 10 years in marketing roles for Bally's Entertainment, Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. and was the recipient of the 1998 corporate "Chairman's Award," the highest honor offered by Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., for his work helping to develop a patented loyalty program enhancement program. Mr. DiLeva has authored numerous articles on hospitality technology and customer loyalty and served as a Contributing Editor to National Hotel Executive, a leading online trade publication. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from Rutgers University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Saint Joseph's University. He has also completed an executive leadership program conducted by the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and serves on the Technology Advisory Board for the Penn State University School of Hospitality Management.

Mr. DiLeva can be contacted at 215-487-3522 or mdileva@theidtgroup.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.