Editorial Board   

Mr. Heller

Jed Heller

President, The Providence Group

Jed C. Heller is President of The Providence Group LLC, and a 30 year veteran of the hospitality management industry. Heller began his career with Winegardner and Hammons, a full service management company in Cincinnati, OH. Heller went on to successfully manage all phases of three start up business ventures involved in real estate investments, acquisitions, and hospitality management; two of these as operating partner. With his experience, unique style, and personal involvement in every management operation, he has been engaged by clients around the world. In 2005, Heller started The Providence Group LLC to offer unique hospitality and general management services to hotels, time-share resorts, and condominiums. Heller soon recognized the growing need for the professional management of small to mid-size hotels. The Providence Group LLC successfully fulfilled this need by providing positive, cost-effective, and efficient results to this market segment. His management focus is on quality, attention to detail, hands-on service, and full accountability for every employee. With a favorable industry response to his management style and business acumen, Heller made the strategic decision in early 2008, to allocate all resources and company focus to the full service management of small to mid-size hotels.

Mr. Heller can be contacted at 781-582-8785 or jcheller@providencegrp.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.