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Mr. Doyle

Michael Doyle

Managing Director and Executive VP, CHMWarnick

Michael Doyle, CHA is a Managing Director and Executive Vice President of CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm in the US. Doyle brings more than 30 years' experience in operating, developing and asset managing first-class hotels and resorts, and golf properties. He leads a team of senior asset managers in the oversight of a client portfolio of over 60 hotels, 27,000 guestrooms and $15 billion in client investments. In this capacity, he is responsible for introducing best practices reporting standards, conducting property operational reviews, identifying opportunities to create value through revenue enhancement and cost containment, and fostering positive working relationships with the property management teams to collaboratively work to implement initiatives in support of owner investment goals. Doyle plays an active role in interviewing and approving property executive committee members, and is involved in the ongoing oversight of property operations, including the annual review and approval of operating budgets, market and operating plans and capital expenditure programs. Recognized for his expertise and demonstrated track record in operations, including prior experience as a General Manager at some of the world's finest hotels, Doyle holds a designation as a Certified Hotel Administrator. He has a BS in Hotel Management from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. For more information about Doyle and CHMWarnick, follow us on LinkedInatwww.linkedin.com/company/chmwarnick and Twitter @CHMWarnick.

Please visit https://www.CHMWarnick.com for more information.

Mr. Doyle can be contacted at 978-522-7000 or mdoyle@chmwarnick.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.