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Mr. Friedlander

R.J. Friedlander

Founder & CEO, ReviewPro

An entrepreneur and investor, RJ Friedlander is the Founder & CEO of ReviewPro, world leader in Guest Intelligence for the hotel industry. Having rapidly grown to more than 35,000 clients, ReviewPro is widely considered to be one of the most successful companies in the hospitality technology space in recent years.

Mr. Friedlander is one of the first American tech experts to have put down roots in Barcelona, nearly a decade before the city became what many consider to be the European Silicon Valley. Wired Magazine picked ReviewPro as one of the hottest startups in Europe and the number one in Barcelona. The company also won the Phocuswright Best Emerging Technology Innovation Award, the most prestigious award in the online travel industry.

In January 2017, Mr. Friedlander negotiated the sale of ReviewPro to Shiji Group (Shenzhen Stock Exchange), one of the largest hospitality technology companies in the world which today is partially owned by Alibaba.

With his diverse expertise, Mr. Friedlander is a sought-after public speaker in the following areas: big data, online reputation and guest experience in the hotel industry as well as taking an idea and converting it into a business, raising capital, building the right team, growing a capital efficient SaaS business, customer acquisition and retention for SaaS companies, international expansion and successfully managing the acquisition process.

Mr. Friedlander has over 20 years' experience in internet and technology in Europe, the US and Asia. Prior to leading ReviewPro from initial idea through to successful exit, he worked for 10 years as a senior executive of Grupo Planeta, one of Spain's largest media companies.

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

Mr. Friedlander can be contacted at +34 93 451 0454 or rfriedlander@reviewpro.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.