Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Zaroff

Marci Zaroff

Founder, MetaWear

Founder of MetaWear, Farm to Home, and Under the Canopy, Marci Zaroff coined the term and pioneered the market for ECOfashion®. A graduate from UC Berkeley's Haas Business School and also Co-Founder of Beyond Brands, Good Catch Foods and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, for nearly three decades, Ms. Zaroff has been an internationally-recognized ecopreneur, expert, visionary, consultant and global public speaker of conscious business, social innovation and an ecolifestyle. 

Ms. Zaroff has produced organic textiles and amenities for major international hotel and spa chains (Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Wyndham, etc.), and has guided countless properties on launching sustainable lifestyle experiences and strategies and consulted on creating cohesive in-room experiences from organic food to beauty to fiber. Currently a Director/Advisor on numerous Boards, including the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fair Trade USA, Cradle to Cradle Fashion Positive, and Fashion Revolution, Ms. Zaroff was also instrumental in developing the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the first Fair Trade Textile Certification—driving authenticity, environmental leadership and social justice worldwide.

Ms. Zaroff is featured in the book: "ECO Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World" and has received countless recognitions, such as the Natural Product Industry's "Socially Responsible Business Award", Retail Touchpoints' "Retail Innovator Award", NY Moves "Power Woman Award", Fashion Group International's "Rising Star Award” and a prestigious Henry Crown Fellowship of The Aspen Institute. 

Ms. Zaroff's first book "ECOrenaissance: Cocreating A Stylish, Sexy & Sustainable World" was recently published by Simon & Schuster and is now available at Amazon, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, and beyond.

Please visit http://www.marcizaroff.com for more information.

Ms. Zaroff can be contacted at 561-302-2010 or marcizaroff@gmail.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.