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Mr. Patterson

Drew Patterson

Co-Founder & CEO, CheckMate

Drew Patterson is the co-founder and CEO of CheckMate the leading travel technology company building hotel communications tools to deliver a better guest experience.

From before check-in through departure, CheckMate's tools enable hotels and their guests to have a two-way conversation through any means of communication - email, text, or a native app. CheckMate's mobile tools improve every facet of the guest experience - from a mobile check-in that avoids a wait at the front desk and deals on room upgrades to alerts when one's room is ready. Through partnerships with hotels, OTAs and TMCs, CheckMate has improved the travel experience of over 500,000 travelers staying at over 51,000 hotels.

Mr. Patterson is also the CEO of Room 77, a position he's held since the hotel search engine acquired CheckMate in January of 2013. He previously co-founded Jetsetter, which he helped grow from an idea to nearly $100 million annual bookings run rate. He was also part of the founding team at KAYAK and served in a variety of key leadership roles from 2004 to 2009.

Mr. Patterson helped to reshape the online travel landscape by evolving the distribution model and increasing industry and consumer awareness around the value of “search” in travel.

Please visit checkmate.io for more information.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 415-849-3537 or drew@checkmate.io

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.