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Mr. Welty

John Welty

President, SUITELIFE Underwriting Managers, Ryan Specialty Group

John Welty is the president for SUITELIFE® Underwriting Managers, an all-lines insurance and risk program for premier hotels, resorts, luxury boutiques, gated communities and hotel management companies administered by Ryan Specialty Group, RSG Underwriting Managers. RSG is an international specialty insurance organization that provides innovative solution for brokers, agent and insurance carriers.

At SUITELIFE, Mr. Welty is responsible for leading the program's underwriting team and maintaining the company's top-tier carrier relationships. He is responsible for pro-actively and strategically managing the retention and growth of the SUITELIFE through disciplined underwriting, managing program profitability, and program expansion and development.

Mr. Welty oversees all aspects of the SUITELIFE program from underwriting, broker relationships, marketing, carrier relationships, employee growth opportunities, and client relationships to ensure a steady, profitable, and expanding program. 

Mr. Welty has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years, specializing in commercial risks. Prior to joining RSG, he was a practice leader at Venture Programs, Inc. and before that, was casualty manager for the Mid-Atlantic region of American International Group in Philadelphia for nine years. There, he oversaw large deductible casualty placements. Prior to his time at AIG, Mr. Welty was a member of Hartz Consulting Group, LLC, a regional, full-service brokerage and consulting firm.

Mr. Welty has a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and an associate's degree in risk management from the Insurance Institute of America.

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

Mr. Welty can be contacted at +1 610-989-2760 or jwelty@suitelifeum.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.