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Mr. Megazzini

Bob Megazzini

Area General Manager, Sage Hospitality

Bob Megazzini is an Area General Manager for Sage Hospitality overseeing two Colorado hotels - the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and the Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown.

Sage Hospitality is a leading hotel management and investment company based in Denver.

With more than 30 years of hospitality management experience, Mr. Megazzini previously served as the General Manager of The Westin Cleveland Downtown. He has also held multiple leadership positions with Marriott International, including at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, the Detroit Marriott Livonia and the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa.

Mr. Megazzini graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration. He has earned numerous industry accolades, including being named Sage Hospitality's Leader of the Year, the JW Marriott Eagle Leadership Award, the Ohio Lodging Association GM of the Year Cleveland and the Marriott Business Council Leadership Award and Financial Leadership Award.

Mr. Megazzini believes in strong community involvement and has served as a board member on the Marriott Business Council, Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland and the Children's Miracle Network Advisory Council. He also served on the Executive Committee of Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and led the Sales Committee in 2012.

The JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek features 196 spacious guest rooms and suites that blend modern decor with generous space with an exquisite 4-piece marble bathroom.  The hotel offers 8,400 square feet of meeting space, including Fireside, a 2,400 square foot outdoor event space.

The Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown completed a multi-million dollar renovation last year that included updates to its lobby and 3,200 square feet of urban meeting space, which includes seven flexible venues.

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

Mr. Megazzini can be contacted at 303-595-7200 or bob.megazzini@sagehospitality.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.