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Mr. Batters

Kevin Batters

Vice President Food & Beverage, Stanford Hotels Corporation

Serving as vice president of food and beverage for Stanford Hotels Corp., a San Francisco-based company specializing in the management, ownership and development of full-service hotels, Kevin Batters collaborates with hotel staff at Stanford's 13 properties to find new ideas and unique ways to offer food and beverage. His responsibilities are to develop and improve catering and banquet functions, increase consistency and quality, as well as provide promote the Stanford standard of excellent service. A 40-year veteran of the hotel industry, Batters is a graduate of the Hotel School at Westminster College in London, England. He began his career with Hilton International as part of the trainee/management program working at the Hilton Park Lane, London, Hilton Orly and the Paris Hilton before moving to Bermuda and working for Trust House Forte in various positions at the Belmont Hotel. Kevin joined Stanford Hotels as Vice President Food and Beverage in July 2006.

Mr. Batters can be contacted at 415-398-3333 or kbatters@stanfordhotels.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.