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Mr. Osiecki

Timothy E. Osiecki

President of Design & Construction, Concord Hospitality Enterprises

Timothy Osiecki and Concord CEO Mark Laport were custom home builders before Concord Hospitality was founded in 1985 with a vision of developing and managing high quality hotels to become industry leaders. Mr. Osiecki led the design team responsible for the first LEED-certified Courtyard by Marriott prototype hotel, and received Marriott's first Icon Award for smartly creating new innovative ways to enhance brand design without additional cost. In 2012, he reprised his role as brand innovator by leading the design of the Gen IV SpringHill Suites prototype in Latrobe PA and received a "Design Excellence" award for his efforts. “LEED gave us another avenue to sustain our goal of being industry leaders by providing owners with a compelling ROI while providing an enhanced guest experience,” Mr. Osiecki says. Since Concord's founding, Mr. Osiecki has directed the development and construction of 10,000 hotel rooms and overseen the conversion of many existing hotels to new flags. Since committing in 2009 to develop only LEED-certified hotels, his team has opened four new LEED properties, (493 rooms) and has another seven under construction and nine more in design phase. Mr. Osiecki is a longstanding member of the Design and Construction Committees for Marriott's SpringHill Suites, Courtyard, and Fairfield Inn & Suites brands as well as Starwood's Aloft and Element brands. He is currently working with Hyatt to develop enhanced cost effective design alternatives.

Mr. Osiecki can be contacted at 919-455-2900 or tim.osiecki@concordhotels.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.