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Ms. Portmann

Toni Portmann

Chief Executive Officer, DHISCO, Inc.

Toni Portmann is CEO and executive chairman of the board of DHISCO Inc., the world's original and leading hospitality distribution company. With extensive experience across software, hardware and technology services and support, Ms. Portmann has spent more than 25 years in executive management. She joined DHISCO at the end of 2014, bringing a wealth of management skills and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, process improvement and innovative sales solutions. Prior to joining DHISCO, Ms. Portmann served as CEO for LockIN, an early stage, paradigm-busting SaaS e-learning company. An entrepreneur and “intraprenuer,” she also served for 10 years as chairman of the board of Resolvity, a privately held company specializing in intelligent interactive voice technology. Before joining LockIN, Ms. Portmann was CEO of CAS Partners/Riverstone, where she integrated the acquisition of seven disparate property management services companies that specialized in the multifamily real estate market and represented over 170,000 apartment units in 31 states. She also served as CEO of Stream Inc., where she transformed a $75 million contact services division of Software Spectrum into a global business process outsourcing leader with revenues exceeding $530 million across 30 contact centers in 16 countries. Prior to her CEO responsibilities, Ms. Portmann worked in sales, marketing and management for Diebold Inc. and IBM. Ms. Portmann holds a bachelor of business administration from Boise State University in Idaho and is a member of WCD (Women Corporate Directors). Toni is an investor in Texas Women Venture Network and serves on the TWV Portfolio Advisory Board. She established the Tyson Johnson Memorial for Another Solution Inc., which is dedicated to fighting the disease of addiction.

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Ms. Portmann can be contacted at 214-234-4072 or support@dhisco.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.