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Mr. Shoemaker

Stowe Shoemaker

Associate Dean of Research, Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Stowe Shoemaker is the Associate Dean of Research at the University of Houston's Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Stowe also is on the executive education faculty at the Cornell University where he teaches courses in strategic marketing for hotels and restaurants, revenue enhancement through strategic pricing, and customer loyalty. Prior to moving to the University of Houston, Stowe taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Stowe has extensive experience in the hospitality industry working for both an independent hotel in Vermont and a hospitality consulting firm in Southern California. Major clients while working in the research business included Taco Bell, Foodmaker (Jack-in-the-Box), Marriott Corporation (all divisions), Stuart Anderson's Black Angus, Carl's Jr., Baker's Square Restaurants and Bob Evans Farms Restaurants. Minor clients included a variety of Los Angeles advertising agencies. Responsibilities included all aspects of project management from research design, questionnaire development, data collection, to analysis and final written report. As in-house statistician, was responsible for all multivariate analysis. Since earning his PhD, Stowe has worked with major international hotel firms on customer loyalty and pricing issues. His research interests include the antecedents and consequences of consumer loyalty, loyalty programs, and strategic pricing and revenue management. His research has appeared in the Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, Journal of Travel Research, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administrative Quarterly, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Gaming and Wagering Business, and Journal of Restaurant and Foodservice Marketing. Stowe is co-author of a Harvard Business School Case Study on Hilton HHonors. Stowe's research has won numerous awards. He is currently writing a text book on hospitality marketing with Robert Lewis and Peter Yesawich. The book will be published by Prentice Hall in July 2006. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the School of Hotel Administration, an MS from the University of Massachusetts and BS from the University of Vermont.

Mr. Shoemaker can be contacted at 713-743-7371 or sshoemaker@uh.edu

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.