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Ms. Dickinson

Kristie Dickinson

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, CHMWarnick

Kristie Dickinson brings more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience, including operations, asset management, acquisition and investment analysis to her current role as Senior Vice President for CHMWarnick (CHMW), a leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services company.

Ms. Dickinson is responsible for corporate marketing, public relations and business development, as well as supporting strategic planning efforts for a client portfolio of more than 50 hotels with 22,000 guestrooms, collectively valued at $10 billion under asset management. She specializes in revenue management practices, sales and marketing effectiveness and market positioning.

Ms. Dickinson has worked with more than 200 hotels of all product types and brands, and understands how to identify opportunities for achieving client goals through CHMW's comprehensive suite of services. She is a member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and serves the Committee Chair for the Lori E. Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting.

Ms. Dickinson is a regularly contributing author to several industry publications on the subjects of hotel ownership, investment, hotel asset management and revenue strategies. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and minored in Anthropology. She also has a certificate in Revenue Management from Cornell University.

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

Ms. Dickinson can be contacted at +1 978-522-7002 or kdickinson@chmwarnick.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.