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Mr. Parisi

Scott Parisi

President, EcoGreen Energy Solutions

M. Scott Parisi, President of EcoGreen a firm founded in 2008 with the goal to support hospitality sustainability. Currently EcoGreen has two major divisions covering Energy Solutions and Constructions Services.

As President of EcoGreen, Mr. Parisi's day to day focus is on supporting a team of talented individuals to support the new construction and renovations of hospitality facilities. Our vendor-neutral approach with a high focus on client satisfaction and retention has allowed EcoGreen to be a part of hundreds of projects Whittington the hospitality industry.

Mr. Parisi and the EcoGreen Team have a culture in exploring sustainable measures that save our clients in cost while saving electricity, natural gas and water. EcoGreen is always looking for ways to introduce the most advanced technologies at the most cost effective delta for their clients.   

Additionally, Mr. Parisi develops and hosts educational workshops, staff trainings and has spoken at national and regional events including AAHOA's National Convention, Green Lodging & Hospitality Conference, Boston Green Tourism Events, Philagreen Hospitality Association Events, GF Management University Sessions, National Purchasing Network Annual Expo and the Global Renewable Energy Networking Summit.

Prior to launching EcoGreen, Mr. Parisi worked within the hospitality industry starting early at his family owned restaurant. A little later in life Mr. Parisi found his passion for resource conservation and sustainability serving as the General Manager of the first LEED certified Hotel in the United States; the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Parisi spent eighteen years in the hospitality sector eventually serving as Vice President of Operations overseeing branded hotels including IHG, Starwood, Hilton, Wyndham and Choice Hotels.

Please visit http://www.eg-es.com for more information.

Mr. Parisi can be contacted at 888-229-0213 x801 or sparisi@eg-es.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.