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Mr. DeMoss

David DeMoss

CEO and Founder, WAKEUP CALL

A seasoned risk management professional with extensive expertise in the hospitality sector, David DeMoss has served in all aspects of the industry from coast to coast. Prior to founding WAKEUP CALL, he spent over ten years as vice president of Petra Risk Solutions, where he received his CIC designation. He helped his clients by effectively engineering their insurance policies as part of their overall risk management strategy. This overall strategy would become the blueprint for handling the diverse risks they faced on a daily basis within their respective hotels and resorts around the country. As a former insurance broker specializing in the hotel market, he gained experience and expertise in a wide range of risk management processes specific to the hospitality industry, such as property inspections, onsite training, OSHA compliance resources, HR services and other areas requested by his clients. When requests for these services began to grow faster than the brokerage, he identified a need for a simple and streamlined risk management solution for the industry, and set out to provide it. With years of in-depth service dedicated to the hospitality sector, David is knowledgeable in virtually all aspects of hotel, resort and spa risk exposure and management. His specialized expertise led to the development of the WAKEUP CALL platform, which was introduced in 2011. Until then, the hospitality industry had been under-serviced by a couple of general resources, which provided minimal support. With the advent of WAKEUP CALL, David has single-handedly revolutionized the industry with a powerful, single-source, online solution that provides complete, real-time information and tools to assist hotels in managing critical and emerging issues.

Please visit www.wakeupcall.net for more information.

Mr. DeMoss can be contacted at 866-675-3909 or david@wakeupcall.net

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.