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Ms. Hayn

Kathleen Hayn

Public Relations Manager, Slice Communications

Kathleen Hayn is a Public Relations Manager at Slice Communications, a marketing agency that is based Philadelphia, PA that specializes in social media, public relations and email marketing. In her role, she works with clients to develop strategic thought leadership and creative earned media campaigns to broaden brand awareness to their target audiences.

Ms. Hayn's client portfolio includes clients within the hospitality, technology, and manufacturing industries, as well as nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she plays an integral role in planning Mashable's Social Media Day in Philadelphia which is hosted by Slice.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hayn has found ways to incorporate new and emerging earned media tactics within seeming-traditional marketing campaigns by utilizing influencers and identifying other "unexpected" areas in which her clients can communicate with their target markets.

Prior to joining Slice in 2018, Ms. Hayn was a Public Relations Manager at Boston and Philadelphia-based advertising agency Allen & Gerritsen where she worked with clients in the consumer goods, higher education, and technology industries. At Allen & Gerritsen, she worked on 2018's "Philly Wants LeBron" campaign by Power Home Remodeling to help drive media relations for a campaign that resulted in more than 300 media placements and was acknowledged by the basketball superstar himself.

Ms. Hayn began her career in the event planning for the art and design communities in New York City before she realized her true passion was in public relations and her hometown of Philadelphia. She earned her degree in Public Relations and Hospitality from St. John's University in Queens, NY.

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

Ms. Hayn can be contacted at +1 484-888-4445 or khayn@slicecommunications.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.