Editorial Board   

Ms. Pingel

Cheryle Pingel

Co-Founder and Chairman, Range Online Media

Specializing in Internet advertising and research marketing, Cheryle Pingel is the co-founder and chairman of Range Online Media. She and fellow co-founder Misty Locke successfully took Range Online Media from concept to one of the online industry's leading search marketing agencies. Cheryle has fifteen years of experience in marketing, retail, small business management, and online services. Today she directs online marketing campaigns for industry-leading online travel services and retailers such as CompUSA, Wyndham International, and other Fortune 1000 companies. Cheryle also has experience as a freelance writer, publishing articles in major magazines, including Working Woman, Self, Glamour, and Family Travel. An internationally recognized expert in the Internet marketing industry, Cheryle is a regular speaker and presenter on online advertising and search marketing topics at leading industry trade shows and conferences. She has written a number of articles on online search marketing for media and advertising publications. Cheryle is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where she received a BA in Journalism.

Ms. Pingel can be contacted at 817-509-0342 or cpingel@rangeonlinemedia.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.