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Ms. Kane

Victoria Kane

Counsel & Compliance Manager, Shiftgig, Inc.

Victoria Kane has extensive experience as legal advisor and management consultant in all areas of labor and employment law for various industries, such as hospitality, food service, staffing, advertising, marketing, technology, dealerships, colleges, government agencies and non-profit organizations. She has developed and implemented corporate university training for Fortune 500 businesses across North America. She has created and led coalitions of employers, franchisors, Chambers of Commerce, schools, and associations to develop education and job training opportunities for industry sectors, focused on upgrading skills and training of U.S. Veterans and individuals with hiring barriers (such as English language skills, disabilities, and non-violent criminal records). She has legal experience vigorously defending employers against single plaintiff and class action federal and state employment matters; and developing effective enterprise risk management strategies. Ms. Kane has thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Kendall College for over four years. Kendall is the Number One Chicago program for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management. (TNS Global - 2013 Survey) Victoria develops content and assessments for teaching both on-ground and online courses in Legal Issues in Hospitality Management, Bankruptcy & Reorganization, Human Resources Management, and Risk Management. She also developed the Contract Law course for the Laureate partner school in Saudi Arabia. Currently, Ms. Kane serves as Counsel & Compliance Manager for Shiftgig, Inc., connecting millions of people to millions of shifts with employers in hospitality, retail, customer service and light industrial verticals. Shiftgig uses proprietary technology and mobile/web apps to continually assess worker demographics, time-to-fill efficiencies, and value-added services for year-round rapid deployment of a qualified talent pool.

Please visit http://shiftgig.com for more information.

Ms. Kane can be contacted at 312-489-5666 or vkane@shiftgig.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.