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Mr. Grossman

Lanny Grossman

President, EM50 Communications

For the past 20 years, Lanny Grossman has specialized in Public Relations, luxury lifestyle marketing and consumer outreach for some of the world's preeminent hospitality brands.

In 2008, capitalizing on his global experience, knowledge and relationships across multiple industries, Mr. Grossman founded the boutique Public Relations firm EM50 Communications, now with offices in New York City and Miami.  From media outreach to marketing partnerships and corporate branding, Mr. Grossman and the EM50 team apply an analytical and goal-oriented approach to creating complete and unique marketing solutions for clients around the world stretching from the ends of the earth in Southern Patagonia, throughout Latin America, across Europe and closer to home in and around New York.  

Mr. Grossman has spent his career understanding and responding to the wants, needs and attitudes of luxury consumers. He began his career working with notable hotel properties such as the famed Waldorf-Astoria in New York and Le Byblos Hotel in Saint-Tropez handling US-Based public relations efforts on behalf of the properties as part of a team at Lou Hammond & Associates.

After excelling within an agency environment, Mr. Grossman was recruited in house by one of his clients to become the Director of Public Relations for two of America's highest grossing and famous restaurants--Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room. While in-house, he was faced with the challenge of re-inventing two of New York's venerable restaurant institutions. Following his time on the restaurant scene, he returned to luxury hospitality as the Director of PR for the five-star New York Palace Hotel & Towers, an independent, luxury hotel with 900 rooms in the heart of Manhattan. 

Building upon all the previous experience in the luxury hospitality sector, Mr. Grossman was recruited to be the Director of Brand Communications for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an international hotel consortium whose portfolio boasts over 520 of the finest hotels in more than 70 countries. He raised both the brand's visibility and direct reservations to new heights during his more than five year tenure through high profile media placements and effective brand affiliations.

Today, EM50 continues to grow as a leader in hospitality marketing working with distinguished luxury hotel and travel products such as Tcherassi Hotels in Colombia, Singular Hotels in Chile, Quasar Expeditons in the Galapagos Islands and many more!

Mr. Grossman has been a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Public Relations Society of America and The International Spa Association. Additionally, he has served on the board of various non-profit foundations.

Please visit http://www.em50.com for more information.

Mr. Grossman can be contacted at +1 646 861 2801 or lanny@em50.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.