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Mr. Shea

Timothy Shea

President, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

As president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality (formerly known as VingCard Elsafe), Tim Shea leads the company in providing the most advanced solutions in electronic locking, guestroom safes and energy management system technologies to the global hospitality market. A true industry veteran with an extensive background in multichannel sales of industrial electro-mechanical products, Mr. Shea has leveraged this expertise to successfully develop and execute a multi-year business plan that resulted in significant improvements in both fiscal performance and operational efficiencies. Under Mr. Shea's direction, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has undergone a company-wide restructuring that is responsible for the organization's enhanced ability to achieve service orientation in mature markets, streamline R&D operations and the establish clear brand leadership around the world. Since taking on this role, he has been the force behind several new product developments that have solidified ASSA ABLOY Hospitality's position as the technology leader in the hotel locking and security market. Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY Hospitality in 2004, Mr. Shea amassed over two decades of experience as a top management executive at several prominent multinational organizations. Throughout his successful career, he has been directly credited with reversing negative trends at several under-performing organizations, and ultimately converting them into efficient and profitable operations. Mr. Shea currently serves on the board of various membership associations, including the Stuart Dean Company, Timelox AB Sweden, Wise Union Hong Kong and VingCard A.S. His educational background includes a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Shea continues to augment his extensive knowledge and expertise by continuing his education through institutions such as the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Shea can be contacted at 972-907-2273 or Timothy.Shea@assaabloy.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.