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Mr. McIntosh

Bob McIntosh

Regional VP Sales & Marketing, GF Management

Bob McIntosh is Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GF Management. Mr. McIntosh joined GF in 2014. GF is an acronym for "Good Fundamentals" and that is the cornerstone of core philosophy and culture.

Mr. McIntosh's role is to provide strategic support and guidance to a portfolio of owned and managed hotel assets for this privately held company. This role requires ongoing travel to those assets in the field to monitor plans, actions and results against competitors and owners expectations.

GF Management provides services to ownership groups, financial institutions and third parties including acquisitions, development, asset management, hotel receiverships, advisory and consulting services.

GF also owns and manages a portfolio of hotels, catering facilities and golf courses located exclusively in the continental United States. Part of GF Management's expertise is their ongoing partnership with the hotel brand teams as they purchase assets; execute top to bottom design and renovations to those assets and reposition them as leaders within their markets. GF is committed to meet and exceed brand requirements during the design and execution of hotel renovation and is recognized as an innovator and award winning owner.

GF leadership holds several owners advisory positions within IHG and Hilton. Mr. McIntosh is a 39 year hospitality veteran with a proven track record in operations, sales and marketing and pre and post opening of upper upscale hotels and resorts.

These included Playboy Hotels and Resorts early in his career, independent hotels and resorts as well as branded assets for Hilton Hotels and Resorts and Starwood.

Prior to joining GF, Mr. McIntosh was multi-property Director of Sales and Marketing for Remington Hotels, Starwood Hotels as preopening Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin Jersey City Newport in Jersey City, New Jersey. He also supported the preopening team of the W Hotel in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Currently, Mr. McIntosh is focused the post renovation repositioning of the Westin Chicago North West in Itasca Illinois and preparing for the renovation of the Doubletree by Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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

Mr. McIntosh can be contacted at +1 973-945-6892 or mcintoshb@gfhotels.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.