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Mr. Chitlik

David Chitlik

Vice President - Hospitality Tax, Altus Group

David J. Chitlik, CAE, has extensive experience in all facets of the property tax assessment and appeal industry. Prior to joining Altus Group, he spent 18 years as the Director, then Senior Director, of the Property Tax Department at Marriott International. Initially he oversaw a staff of more than 20 associates working on both sales and property tax compliance, appeals and audits.

Mr. Chitlik has many years of property tax consulting experience, as well: first with Tenenbaum Hill & Associates, Inc. and then Marvin F. Poer & Company. He was the Managing Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office for both companies with a combined 11 years with both firms.

His career in the industry began as a staff appraiser with the city of Alexandria, Virginia Assessor's Office. Within two years he was promoted to Director, Real Estate Assessments, which at that time made him the youngest Assessor in the United States. He spent a total of 14 years with the city of Alexandria in the Assessor's Office - 12 as director.

Mr. Chitlik has served as the Chairman of the Apartment & Office Building Association (AOBA) Tax Policy Committee for over 18 years and the Chair of the Alexandria Board of Equalization for 8 years. Additionally, he has served on the Council on State Taxation (COST) Property Tax Committee and the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) Corporate Advisory Board.

Mr. Chitlik is a frequent speaker at various tax conferences, workshops and seminars both domestically and internationally. Lastly, he testifies in front of State and Local Legislators advocating for real estate tax reforms; such as lessening the burden of proof on appeals and achieving interest payments on refunds.

Mr. Chitlik is the Past President of the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers (VAAO), has a Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) Designation from International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and is a member of Lambda Alpha International (the Honorary Land Economics Society). He is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost property tax experts in the U.S. Education University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A. in Economics

Please visit http://www.altusgroup.com/ for more information.

Mr. Chitlik can be contacted at 416-641-9500 or david.chitlik@altusgroup.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.