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Dr. Jaddoud

Hicham Jaddoud

Senior Director of Hospitality, North Star Mohican Casino|Resort|Golf Course

Dr. Hicham Jaddoud currently serves as the Senior Director of Hospitality Operations at North Star Casino Resort in Wisconsin. He has over 14 years of hospitality, tourism, and gaming experience, managing multiple hotel assets from full-service convention hotels to upscale resorts and independent properties with some of the most reputable hotel companies such as Sheraton, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Casino Resorts. He comes from a family of hoteliers and was exposed to the hotel business at a younger age.

Dr. Jaddoud obtained a bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Perpignan University before joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He completed his MBA in Management in 2011 and obtained a Doctorate in Business with research in Hospitality's Organizational Behavior in 2017 from Georgia State University. He is certified by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Dr. Jaddoud is a Hospitality Courses Facilitator at Cornell University, where he teaches Hotel Asset Management and the Valuation of Intellectual Property. He is also an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management at the University of Southern California, Bovard College.

Dr. Jaddoud has published several articles in the areas of Employee Stress Coping, Reflection Tendencies, Technological Advance in the Hotel Industry, Economic Impact of Hospitality, and Managerial Stress in the Hospitality Industry.

Dr. Jaddoud serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior Chamber of Atlanta and is the 2017 World Affairs Council China Fellow. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Engaged Business Research at Georgia State University and serves as a Hospitality Graduate Program Mentor at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Furthermore, he is the 2019 AHLEF Research Grant Recipient in Hotel Economics.


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

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Dr. Jaddoud can be contacted at +1 314-436-4863 or hj385@cornell.edu

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.