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Ms. Raleigh

Lori Raleigh

Executive Director, International Society of Hospitality Consultants

Lori E. Raleigh is currently serving as the Executive Director of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is a professional society with 175 members in 16 countries. Membership is by invitation only and members are all owners, principals, directors and/or officers in their firms and are leaders in the industry in their respective areas of expertise. There currently are over forty areas of expertise represented within ISHC. Ms. Raleigh is co-author and editor of "Hotel Investments:Issues & Perspectives", published by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. She is frequently a guest speaker at industry conferences and events and she has written numerous articles on hotel investments, asset management and evaluating brand and franchise affiliation programs. Lori currently serves on the board of directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management Advisory Board, Florida Gulf Coast University's Resort & Hospitality Management Advisory Board, the New England Real Estate Journal Advisory Board, Real Estate Forum's Hotel Industry Advisory Board and Hotelexecutive.com's Finance Editorial Advisory Board. She is a member of IREFAC and is also a member and past president of the Hotel Asset Managers Association. Other memberships include the Urban Land Institute and the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators. Ms. Raleigh is a graduate of Emmanuel College and has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Boston College. And she is listed among Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities.

Ms. Raleigh can be contacted at 1-239-436-3915 or lraleighishc@aol.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.