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Mr. Sherwin

Mark Sherwin

Executive Vice President, Operations, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Mark Sherwin joined Sonesta in January, 2014 as Executive Vice President of Operations for Sonesta Hotels. He is responsible for overseeing cost improvement initiatives, profit improvement plans, operational fiscal responsibility, and bottom-line operations strategies for the company's growing collection of global brands, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection. Mr. Sherwin is no stranger to F&B and in fact began his career as a restaurant manager, culminating in hiring several celebrity chefs including Jose Andreas and Michel Richard to lead kitchens under his management. His favorite region is Napa Valley and he enjoys the whole farm to table movement accompanied by a good craft cocktail. Mr. Sherwin has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and has been involved at both the property and corporate level. His career has revolved around developing operational initiatives, managing hundreds of employees, and establishing innovative sales and Mr. Sherwineting policies. Prior to joining Sonesta, Mr. Sherwin was employed at Ritz-Carlton where he furthered his hospitality experience as the General Manager at Tysons Corner and as the Regional Vice President of Sales and Mr. Sherwineting. His extensive hospitality career also includes multiple leadership roles with Marriott International. Some of his major accomplishments include being selected as a GM of the year finalist, opening five new hotels as a Regional Director, and developing new strategies in ecommerce, industry sponsorship, and customer segmentation. Mr. Sherwin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration. He then furthered his education by obtaining his MBA at Georgia State University.

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Mr. Sherwin can be contacted at 617-421-5429 or msherwin@sonesta.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.