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Ms. Voss

Megan Voss

Vice President Human Resources & Associate Development, Aparium Hotel Group

As a believer in the philosophy that the true drivers behind a hotel's success are its associates, Megan Voss focuses on developing and cultivating teams that genuinely believe in the brand's vision and enhance the inspiring company culture that currently exists inside the walls of all Aparium Hotel Group properties. With like-minded associates who can provide genuine, intuitive service, Ms. Voss believes Aparium is poised to provide its guests unique, memorable experiences that keep them coming back. Since joining the company in spring 2014, Ms. Voss has led the charge in spearheading the promotion and implementation of Aparium's values among all employees, as well as enacting learning and development strategies to ensure sustainable employee success. A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Ms. Voss brings with her nearly two decades of experience in hospitality and retail, including heading up the global learning and development at renowned W Hotel properties and its Starwood brand. Going the distance is a literal expression for Ms. Voss, who is an avid runner and multiple marathon veteran.

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Ms. Voss can be contacted at 312-275-1080 or info@aparium.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.