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Ms. Forrest

Deborah Forrest

President, ForrestPerkins

An internationally-recognized leader in luxury hospitality design, Deborah Forrest, FASID, ISHC, leads the highly creative and technically accomplished team of professional designers, architects, and administrators who comprise ForrestPerkins, a distinct design studio of Perkins Eastman. Ms. Forrest has been an industry leader in hospitality design throughout her career, which spans more than 35 years. From work early in her career on such acclaimed hotels as The Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia for Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts, now Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, she began focusing on landmark and luxury hotels. More recently, Hilton selected Ms. Forrest to create the design story and branding guide for its Waldorf Astoria brand. With her design agility, she is equally as comfortable designing contemporary properties as classic and has led the firm in many successful modern hotel, multi-residential, and high-end single family projects. In 1986, Ms. Forrest established Deborah Lloyd Forrest Associates. As she built a portfolio of exceptional projects, she became recognized for her extraordinary color sense and interpretation of timeless luxury for discerning hospitality clients. She built her firm's reputation for lasting design and detail supported by thorough documentation and a rigorous attention to clients' budgetary goals and schedules. In 1998, Ms. Forrest co-founded ForrestPerkins as a dynamic design practice dedicated to providing exceptional, fully-integrated design services to the owners and operators of luxury hotels and resorts. Ms. Forrest served on the board of directors of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and on the Board of Trustees of the ASID Foundation. In 2000, the ASID elected her a Fellow of the society. In 2004, ASID designated her as Designer of Distinction for the outstanding contribution her work has made to the profession of Interior Design. Also in 2004, *Hospitality Design Magazine* elected Ms. Forrest to its prestigious Platinum Circle to honor her design leadership. On January 1, 2016, ForrestPerkins joined forces with Perkins Eastman, one of the top design and architecture firms in the world with almost 1,000 employees in 15 locations around the globe.

Ms. Forrest can be contacted at 214-953-2210 or dforrest@forrestperkins.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.