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Mr. Effron

Justin Effron

Co-Founder & CEO, ALICE

Justin Effron is the Co-Founder and CEO of ALICE. ALICE is the first complete communication, cost savings and revenue generation operations platform for hotels, which enhances the guest experience and connects all points within the hotel to simplify guest service - and make it more cost-effective.

ALICE's partners include 3-5 star independent and managed hotels, hotel groups, residential condominiums, serviced apartments, vacation rental companies, and concierge companies looking to provide exceptional service through mobile staff technology and guest communication channels.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Effron graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Previously, Mr. Effron was an analyst on the Equity Portfolio Trading Desk at Citigroup, leaving in 2013 to build ALICE with co-founders Alexander Shashou and Dmitry Koltunov.

As CEO, Mr. Effron leads all fundraising, sales and business development. He and his co-founders have raised a total of $39M and acquired the company's main competitor in the concierge technology space, GoConcierge, in 2017.

Since its founding, ALICE has gained serious traction in the industry, working many of the world's leading hotel and luxury residential brands, including Two Roads Hospitality, Dream Hotel Group, Grupo Posadas, SIXTY Hotels, NYLO Hotels, and Leading Hotels of the World.

Please visit https://info.aliceapp.com for more information.

Mr. Effron can be contacted at 212-579-2861 or justin@aliceapp.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.