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Mr. Perrine

Bernard Perrine

CEO & Co-Founder, SocialCentiv

Bernard Perrine is the CEO and co-founder of SocialCentiv, an online software-based service that helps companies find new customers on Twitter. He previously was a founding partner and former corporate officer of Kinko's Inc., where he was responsible for leading all vectors of products, services, marketing and human resources.

Mr. Perrine was a worldwide general manager for Eastman Kodak, where he had full profit-and-loss and international general management responsibility for four global business units. Following his appointment at Eastman Kodak, Mr. Perrine served as worldwide general manager at Microsoft Inc., where he held global P&L responsibility while leading the expansion of the company's Mobile & Embedded Device sales, marketing and product efforts.

Before joining in SocialCentiv's launch in 2008, Mr. Perrine was vice president of sales and marketing at Rexel Inc., where he led U.S. sales and marketing for the $3 billion electrical distribution company, the largest such business of its type in the world.

Mr. Perrine can be contacted at 972-869-0111 or bernie@socialcentiv.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.