Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Matuson

Roberta Chinsky Matuson

President, Matuson Consulting

For more than 25 years, Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Best Buy, and The Boston Beer Company and small to medium-size businesses, achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She is 
known world-wide as “The Talent Maximizer®.” Ms. Matuson, a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty, is the author of, Talent Magnetism: How to Build a Workplace that Attracts and Keeps the Best (Nicholas Brealey) and the international bestseller, Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, 2011), a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book For Leaders. Her new book, The Magnetic Leader: How Irresistible Leaders Attract Employees, Customers and Profits (Taylor and Francis) will be released in March of 2017. As a former executive, Ms. Matuson has the vantage point of 
understanding what it is like to work at all levels of the
organization. At the age of 24, she found herself catapulted 
into the executive suite, where she was responsible for building a world-class HR department for a commercial real estate firm. Shortly thereafter, she was involved in taking the company through a public offering. By her own wits—and through trial and error—Ms. Matuson has built on her success and has become an internationally-recognized thought leader and consultant, often appearing on television on programs such as CBS's The Early Show, Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, Fox Business News and on CNN International's Quest on Business with Richard Quest. She is frequently invited to be a guest on radio shows across America. Ms. Matuson is a highly sought after speaker who has presented keynotes to Fortune 500 companies including, Best Buy, Inc., New York Life Pension Services, General Re Corporation, and such prestigious organizations as the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association, AAHOA, Treasury Executive Institute, American Craft Brewers Association, SHRM, Pizza Expo and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Ms. Matuson has written and published over 500 articles for a number of publications around the globe including The Christian Science Monitor, British Airways Business Life, The Telegraph and The Globe and Mail. She is currently a workplace expert for Monster's small business community and is the person global retail giant Staples turns to for advice on talent. She is one of the top expert bloggers for Fast Company, Forbes.com and Glassdoor and is a former monthly columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Ms. Matuson holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Human Resource Management from Northeastern University. She is a graduate of Alan Weiss's Million Dollar Consulting® College

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

Ms. Matuson can be contacted at 617-608-3633 or Roberta@matusonconsulting.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.