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Mr. Ferrara

Clifford Ferrara

Executive Vice President of Sales & Revenue Generation, Chesapeake Hospitality

Clifford Ferrara is an industry veteran with more than 27 years of experience in the hotel business. Mr. Ferrara was promoted from Chesapeake's senior vice president of sales, marketing and revenue management to executive vice president sales and revenue generation in 2017.

Chesapeake Hospitality is a leading third-party hotel management company with a proven track record of outstanding financial performance. They offer private equity, institutional and individual hotel investors and owners of full-service hotels a unique opportunity to experience what's possible with a results-driven hotel management partner.

As Chesapeake's executive vice president sales and revenue generation, Mr. Ferrara continues the daily management and oversight of advertising, direct sales, catering, e-commerce and digital marketing, and revenue management strategies for the company's expansive portfolio of hotels nationally.

In his role, he also serves as part of the leadership team driving strategic decisions impacting the company's continued growth as one of the most recognized third party hotel management companies in the country today.

Mr. Ferrara is an enthusiastic leader who has developed a successful track record of meaningful accomplishments throughout his career with Chesapeake. With the company for more than 17 years,  he has served in various positions at the property level, including the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach in Hollywood, Florida, where he was pre-opening and post-opening general manager, as well as the 259-room Crown Plaza Houston Downtown in Houston, Texas where he served as general manager.

Mr. Ferrara began his career with Chesapeake Hospitality as director of sales and marketing at the Hilton in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Hampden-Sydney College.

Please visit http://www.chesapeakehospitality.com for more information.

Mr. Ferrara can be contacted at +1 301-474-3307 or cferrara@chesapeakehospitality.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.