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Mr. Sullivan

Tim Sullivan

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Cendyn

As the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Cendyn, Tim Sullivan oversees global sales, business development, marketing, product management, and client success. Previously President of Cendyn/ONE, where he brought an integrated hotel CRM and digital marketing platform to market, he is now responsible for Cendyn's global expansion and strategy for the Cendyn Hospitality Cloud. During his eight-years with the company, Mr. Sullivan has played a key role in helping transform Cendyn into a cloud-based software and services company that is revolutionizing the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Cendyn, Mr. Sullivan founded Godengo (now GTxcel) to create a national online advertising network and content distribution platform for luxury lifestyle magazine publishers. As CEO of Godengo, he set the strategic vision for the company and led the creation of an innovative SaaS platform which is in use today by thousands of publications. Prior to starting Godengo, Mr. Sullivan worked at NTT Communications, the world's largest telecommunications company. During his eight years with NTT, he held leadership positions in Interactive Development, Product Management, and Corporate Marketing, where he was responsible for global digital advertising and e-commerce strategy across the US, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Sullivan started his career in hospitality technology and digital marketing by creating the first online travel portal for the city of New Orleans, The New Orleans Connection. He studied Art and Design at Louisiana State University.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 561-419-2014 or tsullivan@cendyn.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.