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Ms. Levitt

Rachel Levitt

Vice President, HVS Executive Search

Rachel Levitt is Vice President at HVS Executive Search based in San Diego. She brings a holistic approach to working with a diverse range of hospitality clients at both the mid-management and executive levels across all functional areas within organizations. Her career experience includes leading Talent Acquisition and Recruiting for Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group in New York, where she teamed up with operations leaders to create a strategy for building a sustainable pipeline of new talent. 

She has also held strategic partnerships and project management roles in the technology, finance and environmental fields. She partners with organizations ranging from entrepreneurial startups to those in the Fortune 500. Ms. Levitt's background combined with her passion for helping others find their best career paths naturally lends itself to the field of executive recruitment.

Ms. Levitt graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in Leadership and Management Strategy. She is a founding member of the school's Innovation and Creativity in Business Society and remains active in the Real Estate and Hospitality Alumni groups.

Ms. Levitt is also dedicated to helping students navigate their careers and volunteers as a career coach and mentor through both the universities she has attended. "Nothing is more exciting and rewarding for me than helping others discover the next step in their career journeys. Whether it is a graduating college student, an experienced executive, or a close friend, I love helping people see the future, and their own potential, in a new light."

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

Ms. Levitt can be contacted at +1 516-248-8828 or rlevitt@hvs.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.