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Mr. Stoup

David Stoup

Chairman, Trilogy Spa Holdings, LLC

David Stoup is the Chairman of Trilogy Spa Holdings, a boutique spa management company dedicated to leveraging international beauty brands and its owned brand portfolio to create unique high performance hospitality spa environments in four and five star properties. Examples include the Guerlain Spa at The Plaza, and Well & Being at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Mr. Stoup is also the Co-Chairman and CEO of Healthy Lifestyle Brands, LLC (HLB), a pure play licensing company, whose mission is to be the leading resource for education, information, products and services based on the principles of integrative medicine. Healthy Lifestyle Brands is the owner of the website www.drweil.com, the leading Integrative Medicine website on the internet. HLB also licenses the IP of a variety of healthcare authorities and wellness advocates onto healthy consumer products including, Martha Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Zac Brown, the Environmental Working Group and Tieraona Low Dog, MD.

Over his 30 plus year career, Mr. Stoup both founded and re-invented a variety of companies, concentrating on upscale consumer products and services firms. Mr. Stoup's experience includes co-founding La Prairie, Inc., Phillip Kingsley Products, Inc., Colours & Scents and Perry Ellis Shoes, all of which were sold to strategic buyers. In 1992, Mr. Stoup secured the exclusive worldwide rights to operate the Red Door Spas under the Elizabeth Arden trade name from Unilever. As CEO, Mr. Stoup oversaw the growth of Elizabeth Arden Salon Holdings from two Red Door spas to 142 day spas in 26 markets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, until its sale to private equity.

Mr. Stoup's passion also extends to the non-profit world. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Amazon Conservation Team, Founder of YPO's Global Youth Exchange and as a Board Member of St. Joseph's Medical Center. He is also an active member of World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executives Organization (CEO).

Mr. Stoup attended the University of Missouri where he majored in Finance. He received his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and immediately began practicing commercial real estate, corporate law and business.

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

Mr. Stoup can be contacted at +1 602-432-3252 or DStoup@trilogyspaholdings.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.