Editorial Board   

Mr. Bell

Rollin Bell

Founder / CEO, PCM Construction

Rollin Bell is the founder and CEO of PCM Construction, a fast growing full service general contractor serving hospitality clients in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Originally created as a facility maintenance company offering: concrete/asphalt repair, masonry restoration, painting/wall covering and flooring services, PCM has blossomed into a full service general contractor providing interior construction and other design/build services. Today, PCM is among the region's premier full service providers of facilities maintenance and general contracting. PCM has earned a reputation among property owners and managers for its responsiveness and ability to consistently exceed client expectations. PCM has provided services to more than 500 clients in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. Mr. Bell is a 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and serves on the board of BAPS Imagination Stage, an organization committed to making the arts accessible to all children regardless of their physical, cognitive or financial status. He is also a contributor to several charitable organizations including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When not spending time with his wife and children, Mr. Bell competes in triathlons and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Mr. Bell can be contacted at 301-595-3700 or rbell@pcmgc.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.