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Mr. Kistner

Mike Kistner

President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Pegasus Solutions

Mike Kistner is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive of Dallas-based Pegasus Solutions, a global leader in providing technology and services to hotels and travel distributors. Mr. Kistner joined Pegasus as Chief Operating Officer from Best Western International, Inc., where he was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of distribution, responsible for worldwide systems development and management. Before joining Best Western, Mr. Kistner was a Senior Vice President at Cendant Corp., where he implemented the largest-ever hotel technology rollout. Previously, Mr. Kistner worked for Super 8 Motels where he was Executive Vice President of operations, heading IT, reservations, corporate travel, guest service, convention planning, corporate and franchise insurance and facilities management. He also was Vice President for management information systems and reservations at HFS Inc. Mr. Kistner holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and information systems from Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D. and a master of science degree in information systems from Colorado State University. He is the past Chairman and current member of the e-commerce committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Chairman of the Open Travel Alliance (OTA) and has been recognized as one of the leading CIOs in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Kistner can be contacted at 480-624-6450 or mike.kistner@pegs.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.