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Mr. Poad

Jim Poad

Director of Client Solutions, Advantage IQ

Jim Poad, a 30-year energy industry veteran, serves as Director of Client Solutions for expense and energy management firm, Advantage IQ. In this capacity, Mr. Poad is responsible for developing and directing the Company's energy management programs on behalf of clients. He works with clients to develop and implement a customized strategy to better manage energy usage, reduce overall operational costs, and meet overriding corporate objectives. He has helped clients save millions of dollars through the implementation of supply-side and demand-side initiatives. Prior to his position at Advantage IQ, Poad served as Director, Business Development for Johnson Controls, Inc, Prenova, and also served as Director, Strategic Business Development for TXU Energy. At TXU, he first served as Regional Marketing Director for the Chicago region. In this role he was responsible for project evaluation, commodity sales and delivery for both electric power and natural gas, as well as facility sales. Later, he was appointed Director of Strategic Business Development, a role which required identifying and developing comprehensive energy management and outsourcing engagements for Fortune 500 companies with extensive energy requirements. Earlier, Poad held a number of positions with Wisconsin Power and Light Company and Alliant Energy. He worked in operations, administration, and sales management with these companies, and received several awards for operational excellence, marketing success and exceptional safety records.

Mr. Poad can be contacted at 608-755-1650 or jpoad@advantageiq.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.