Editorial Board   

Mr. Marx

Steven Marx

Managing Principal, Lifestyle Hospitality

A seasoned pioneer in boutique hotels, Steve Marx has risen to become the industry's most recognized expert in lifestyle properties. While leading Kimpton Hotels, Loews Hotel Corp, and W Hotels, Steve guided each company through significant growth and stellar financial results. At Kimpton, where he grew the company from 12 to 30 hotels over 8 years, Steve and his team were responsible for launching the Monaco brand. With Loews Hotels, he met the challenge of repositioning several under performing properties, while at the same time spearheaded the largest growth period in Loews' history. Mr. Marx's most noteworthy accomplishment with Starwood was to transform W Hotels from the least to the most profitable brand in the company in one short year. The many strategic alliances formed and relationships established throughout his successful career are the foundation for Lifestyle Hospitality. The Lifestyle team has been hand picked with top tier talent in each discipline. His vision of creating a new and innovative lodging concept is sparked by his entrepreneurial spirit and his desire to continue to push the envelope by launching Lifestyle Hospitality, LLC in January 2006.

Mr. Marx can be contacted at 203-698-2772 or smarx@lifestylehg.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.