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Mr. Lachance

Paul Lachance

President, Smartware Group Inc.

Paul Lachance is founding partner of Smartware Group, Inc., producer of the modern Bigfoot CMMS solution for maintenance organizations worldwide, and currently serves as the company's president. Lachance has developed specialty CMMS and EAM software for maintenance professionals for almost 20 years. Prior to founding Smartware Group, Mr. Lachance and his business partner Dave Peelstrom started a software company in Colorado during the dotcom boom. After the company was acquired, they moved to New Hampshire and formed Smartware Group to fill a niche in the maintenance software market. Having started two businesses from scratch, Mr. Lachance understands the fundamentals and complex mechanics of growing a successful company. His creative management style encourages employees of all ranks to bring new ideas to the table and to pitch in wherever it is needed. Mr. Lahance's effective communication skills set him apart as a true partner that sets expectations for clients and always comes to the table with a solution. Mr. Lahance has spoken at a number of conferences and industry events, including the International Maintenance Conference and FABTECH. He also contributes to such industry publications as Plant Engineering, Processing Magazine, Food Logistics and Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation. Mr. Lahance is a graduate of Bentley University.

Please visit www.bigfootcmms.com/company/smartware-group for more information.

Mr. Lachance can be contacted at 866-858-7800 or paul.lachance@bigfootcmms.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.