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Mr. Grohschaedl

Helmut Grohschaedl

Vice President Window Solutions Americas, REHAU

Helmut Grohschaedl is vice president of the window solutions division in the Americas region for REHAU, a global manufacturer of polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company is a leading supplier of high-performance uPVC windows and doors throughout the world. Mr. Grohschaedl has more than 20 years of experience in the international window and door industry. He began his career in 1991 as a master craftsman in his family's business, Carpentry Grohschaedl, in St. Urban, Austria. In this role, he led a team of carpenters who manufactured wooden doors and furniture for delivery throughout Europe and was also responsible for the RFQ process and account management.

 In 1998, Mr. Grohschaedl joined REHAU in Guntramsdorf, Austria as senior design and engineering manager for the company's window solutions division in South-East Europe. He led a team of engineers in new product development and customer support and was an active participant in the development of European standards for vinyl window profiles. In 2011, Mr. Grohschaedl transferred to the REHAU Americas headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, where he is now the top executive for the window solutions division that designs, produces and markets uPVC window and door extrusion profiles.

 Reporting to the chief executive officer of the Americas region, he is responsible for strategy, structure, budgets, people and financial outcomes. He has spearheaded the company's growth strategy for the commercial window market, including developing products and business strategies specifically designed to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of hotels.

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

Mr. Grohschaedl can be contacted at 703-777-5255 or helmut.grohschaedl@rehau.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.