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Ms. Keller

Chaunsea Keller

Executive Vice President, EproDirect

Chaunsea Keller is Executive Vice President for EproDirect. She has over 17 years of experience in the hospitality sales and marketing field, with over ten years of those being with EproDirect. In her role with EproDirect, it allows her to see daily interaction between suppliers and planners; therefore, it is a good gauge on the meetings industry as a whole. She resides in College Station, TX with her husband and two children. Ms. Keller has been published nationally several times with a variety of hospitality and marketing publications. She has been a speaker for conferences focusing on the group and convention trends. She is a past board member of HSMAI interest group and a past board member of her local MPI chapter. EproDirect helps hotels and other meeting suppliers grow their group markets with an integrated digital marketing program.

Please visit www.eprodirect.com for more information.

Ms. Keller can be contacted at 405-233-1033 or chaunsea.keller@eprodirect.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.