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Mr. Nalewanski

Loren Nalewanski

Vice President & Global Brand Manager, TownePlace Suites & Springhill Suites by Marriott

A Hospitality veteran, Loren Nalewanski joined Marriott International, Inc., over 25 years ago and during this time has managed all areas of property operations in many brands. After serving in property roles from coast to coast, Mr. Nalewanski was appointed Vice President, for Talent Management and Work Environment for North America, establishing the Work Environment Center of Excellence at Marriott, guided the architecture of the associate engagement strategy in use globally today for Marriott International. In 2009, Mr. Nalewanski was named Vice President of Global Operations Services working to develop the Global Operations Services group. In this role, he led the teams responsible for key areas related to the deployment of all operational programs, products and services, across all Luxury, Lifestyle and Marriott Endorsed brands. Today, Mr. Nalewanski is Vice President and Global Brand Manager of both the TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites by Marriott brands. With more than 280 TownePlace Suites properties open in the United States and Canada (over 190 in the pipeline), and 343 SpringHill Suites (150 in the pipeline), these brands are experiencing remarkable results and growth. Mr. Nalewanski is a Rockford, Illinois, native and a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is married with four children and resides in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Nalewanski can be contacted at loren.nalewanski@marriott.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.