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Mr. Olsen

Derek Olsen

Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick

Derek Olsen, is a Senior Vice President of CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm. Mr. Olsen brings more than 20 years' hospitality advisory and asset management experience and a master's degree in real estate to CHMWarnick. Olsen brings expertise in the areas of hotel/portfolio valuation, cash flow analyses, market and industry trends and special projects focused on increasing profitability. Mr. Olsen is an integral member of CHMWarnick's asset management and transaction team, and has personally underwritten more than 300 hotel acquisition deals, many representing complex transactions with significant development and reprogramming elements. Mr. Olsen has extensive financial modeling and valuation experience, and has identified significant value enhancement opportunities through operational initiatives, lease negotiations and redevelopment strategies. His experience spans a broad range of land uses including hotels and resorts, luxury condominiums, condo-hotels, fractional, time-share, whole-ownership residences and golf courses. He has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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

Mr. Olsen can be contacted at 978-522-7000 or dolsen@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.