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Ms. Repass

Claire Repass

Manager of Communications, Social Tables

Claire A. Repass, CMP is the Manager of Communications at Social Tables. In this role, she is responsible for increasing brand awareness through content curation, industry relations, community partnerships and event marketing.

Prior to working at Social Tables, Ms. Repass worked on multi-million dollar international events with a prominent lobby, and directed events and fundraising for a U.S. Congressman.

Educated in event management at the University of Illinois, George Washington University & the Smithsonian Institution, Ms. Repass is a certified meeting professional (CMP) whose devotion to the hospitality industry has seen her work with NPO's, federal & local governments, political organizations, startups and corporations to develop dynamic and memorable events and campaigns.

Ms. Repass serves as committee chair for the MPI Rocky Mountain chapter and Women In Travel (WINiT), and is actively involved in the IAEE and PCMA communities. Claire's writing has been featured in PCMA Convene, BizBash, Event Solutions, Hotel Business Review, Hotel Executive, The Special Event and MPI.

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

Ms. Repass can be contacted at +1 877-973-2863 or claire@socialtables.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.