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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 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.