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Mr. Gieselman

James Gieselman

Principal, Servidyne

Jim Gieselman is a principal in the consulting firm, Servidyne LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. He rejoined the firm after a 5-year stint as principal with Emeritus Consulting LLC. Servidyne provides energy and sustainability consulting in the commercial and institutional building space. Mr. Gieselman provides leadership and experience in the breath of Servidyne's offerings including energy auditing, retro-commissioning, strategic planning and energy modeling. Previously he managed the operation of Servidyne's engineering group, providing energy and sustainability consulting services for commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities.

Mr. Gieselman has served as the corporate energy consultant to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, advising their hotel properties throughout North America in the areas of energy efficiency and HVAC infrastructure. He was also instrumental in enhancing the functionality of fault detection / diagnostics software. He began his career with The Trane Company where he rose to the level of Manager, Industrial Sales and Application Engineering. After leaving Trane, he founded MJC, Inc., a manufacturing company dedicated to innovative customization of HVAC equipment.

Mr. Gieselman holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from The Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of ASHRAE, and an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP). Mr. Gieselman is also an instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College where he teaches an advanced HVAC course to building engineers for Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Atlanta.

He has also authored a number of articles for various publications on the topic of energy and energy conservation.

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

Mr. Gieselman can be contacted at 470-355-9014 or jim.gieselman@servidyne.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.