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Mr. Nelson

Brad Nelson

Vice President Global F&B Portfolio, Culinary Discipline, Marriott

Brad Nelson has spent the last 40 years in hospitality, crossing through the hotel business and restaurant since his first real job as a night line cook at a Hilton in his hometown of suburban Seattle. His role in the industry spans from corporate to independent, having led above-property teams in a Southern Cal ten-unit restaurant chain and the 7,000 property strong global hotel giant.

Chef Nelson joined Marriott in 1998 after having spent time with luxury operator Fairmont Hotels, the California desert's La Quinta Resort and Club, and ITT Sheraton's pacific division on the Big Island of Hawaii, among others. He likes to say that all of those experiences merely prepared him for his current role, leading the food and beverage culinary strategy for Marriott's 30 brands worldwide.

In 2003 Chef Nelson was named VP Culinary. Over the last 16 years, Chef Nelson has led key priorities with his efforts on sustainable seafood, transfats elimination, animal welfare, food safety, and now plastics and food waste.

Overseeing 30 brands across luxury, premium, and select service segments, Chef Nelson leads a robust team, whose mandate is to constantly challenge food and beverage norms. Chef Nelson also uses his platform to give back, having raised over $ 5 million for the People with Disabilities charity foundation, Service Source Foundation, where Chef Nelson is a board trustee member.

Industry accolades include being named 2014 Silver Plate Foodservice Operator of the Year by the International Food Manufacturers Association; recipient of Food Arts Magazine November 2012 Silver Spoon; judging the NRA'S FABI innovation award. Chef Nelson is a regular at many industry events, having spoken at Cornell's annual Ezra event, CIA Flavors conferences, and man.

A 1984 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and recipient of the Richard T. Keating Award, he is a member of the Seafood Watch Foodservice Roundtable, International Corporate Chefs Association, James Beard Foundation, and CIA Alumni.

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

Mr. Nelson can be contacted at +1 301-380-4646 or brad.nelson@marriott.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.