Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Scovell

T. Dupree Scovell

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Woodbine Development Corporation

T. Dupree Scovell is the managing partner and chief investment officer at Woodbine Development Corporation, a full-service real estate company that specializes in hospitality and recently launched the Woodbine Legacy Investments fund. Mr. Scovell got his start in the hotel business at the age of 16, working as a dishwasher at Hyatt Regency Dallas. He joined Woodbine in 2011 to lead the company's West Coast operations. Based out of the Los Angeles office, he is responsible for Woodbine's acquisition platform and capital markets efforts as well as managing the Woodbine Hospitality Development and Investment fund, a private equity entity dedicated to the acquisition and development of upscale select-service hotels and lifestyle destinations throughout the United States. Prior to joining Woodbine, Mr. Scovell spent five years working for Trammell Crow Company in Dallas, where he focused on retail and mixed-use development projects. He was named by the National Real Estate Forum as one of “Tomorrow's Newsmakers” and by the Dallas Business Journal “40 Under 40,” which spotlights local executives for their professional and civic contributions to the local community. Early in his career, he was recognized by Dallas CEO magazine as one of the “Top 30 Real Estate Professionals Under 30.” Mr. Scovell graduated with four undergraduate bachelor degrees from Texas Tech University and earned with two masters degrees from Stanford, including a M.Ed. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Beyond real estate and hospitality, his passions include supporting public education and providing opportunities for underprivileged high school graduates to attend college through the Scovell Scholarship Foundation.

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

Mr. Scovell can be contacted at 214-855-6000 or dscovell@woodbinedevelopment.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.