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Mr. Catlin

Jeff Catlin

Co-Founder & CEO, Lexalytics, Inc

Jeff Catlin has over 20 years of experience in the fields of search, classification and text analytics products and services. He has held technical, managerial and senior management positions within a variety of companies including Thomson Financial and Sovereign Hill Software.

Mr. Catlin's experience building text based applications for companies like Thompson Financial where he built a finance news search application showed the need for a set of text mining tools. This need eventually led him to create Lexalytics to provide these text services that had previously been built from scratch. His depth of experience in Search and Text Analytics has made him a frequent speaker at text mining conferences and a frequent guest submitter at blog sites across the internet (for example a video for network world that explains how and why search and text analytics systems compliment one another.

Prior to the formation of Lexalytics, Mr. Catlin acted as the General Manager for the unstructured data group of LightSpeed Software where he was responsible for sales, marketing and development efforts for the Knowledge Appliance and iFocus products.

Prior to joining LightSpeed, he was co-owner of PleasantStreet Technologies which produced a news-filtering product for Thompson Financial. Mr. Catlin is currently co-founder and CEO of Lexalytics, Inc. Lexalytics software turns conversations into profitable business decisions. Built without any venture funding, Lexalytics is a profitable company that builds the most important engine for social text mining.

Relying heavily on automation and a very senior group of people, Mr. Catlin's company has gone from launching the world's first commercial sentiment analysis engine to processing billions of documents a day for the top social listening and customer experience management companies in the world. Re-investing millions of dollars a year into development and operations has kept Lexalytics at the forefront of innovation and ahead of the competition for the past twelve years.

Mr. Catlin graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987.

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

Mr. Catlin can be contacted at +1 4132530202101 or jeff.catlin@lexalytics.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.