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Mr. Boles

Jesse Boles

Executive Director of Operations, FreemanGroup

Jesse Boles joined FreemanGroup in 2007, and assumed the role of Executive Director of Operations in November 2008. He is currently responsible for FreemanGroup's training and measurement divisions, heading projects in conjunction with some of the hospitality industry's leading service providers. Mr. Boles has worked with leadership teams to develop brand service cultures at both existing and new properties for Las Vegas casinos and luxury hotels. He has been integral in the set up and execution of brand-specific measurement programs for Wyndham Hotel Group, Hard Rock International, Delaware North Companies, and MGM Resorts International. Mr. Boles has a passion for opening new properties, and has had the privilege of consulting during the openings of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, MGM Grand Detroit, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, and the historic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, among others. He has also helped develop and lead customer service training initiatives for existing client properties for Destination Hotels and Resorts, Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans, and The Mirage Resort & Casino. In 2010, Mr. Boles initiated two of the largest and most complex training and measurement projects undertaken by FreemanGroup. In May 2010, FreemanGroup kicked off a nationwide service training initiative for Trinidad and Tobago, a country of 1.4 million people. The ongoing project targets providers in all areas of the tourism industry, including those in the immigrations, customs, taxi, hotel, restaurant, retail, and other sectors. In June 2010, work began on the development and implementation of an airport-wide service initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest air traffic center. Mr. Boles's profound interest in the ways organizations and groups function has led him to explore a wide array of fields, including behavioral economics, cognitive science, leadership, and motivation. Raised in Wisconsin, he is a product of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and steadfast fan of all things Bucky Badger.

Mr. Boles can be contacted at 972-479-1345 or jboles@freemangroup.org

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.