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Ms. Barnhill

Pamela Barnhill

President & COO, IHT, IBC and IVH Hotels

Pamela J.W. Barnhill is the president and COO of InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT), which has three divisions: InnSuites Hotels & Suites, InnDependent Boutique Collection (IBC) and International Vacation Hotels (IVH), all headquartered in Phoenix.

IHT is a real estate investment trust that owns, manages and provides managed distribution, along with soft brand-like benefits including loyalty services inside a proprietary CRS technology platform.

Ms. Barnhill joined IHT in 2002 as general manager and progressed with InnSuites through roles in revenue management, operations, and sales and trademark licensing. Prior to joining IHT, Ms. Barnhill held executive positions at Motorola Semiconductor, Franchise Finance Corporation of America and PRTM Management Consulting. She has served as a board member for the Independent Lodging Industry Association (ILIA) since 2011.

Ms. Barnhill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and she lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband and two children.

IBC is dedicated to providing guests with a unique, non-cookie cutter hotel experience in addition to providing value-added amenities and resort locations to its guests. Guests love the InnDependent InnCentives travel rewards program. InnDependent InnCentives has no blackouts and IBC does all the work for you. IBC and InnDependent InnCentives was founded by Ms. Barnhill who grew up in the independent hotel business, daughter of an Independent Hotelier / Owner / Manager.

Ms. Barnhill experienced first-hand the sales and marketing trials and lack of cost-effective operations resources for independent hoteliers. To combat the lack of affordable resources, she founded IBC (InnDependent Boutique Collection) Hotels, which is Independent Hotel Network with collection benefits and technology platform to address this problem of feeling like operating on an island.

To date, Ms. Barnhill is President and COO of independent hotels which she has successfully tested these sales/marketing/operations methods. Hoteliers love IBC and the added reservations, a strong independent network along with the free InnDependent InnCentives travel rewards frequent traveler program. No long-term contracts. No high fees. No Hassle. IBC was founded by Independent Hoteliers and knows what it means to run a hotel independently and the challenges it bears. “Solutions for Independent Hoteliers by Independent Hoteliers”

Ms. Barnhill can be contacted at 602-944-1500 x215 or pbarnhill@ibchotels.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.