Editorial Board   

Mr. Kasprzyk

Michael Kasprzyk

CEO, Thinwires, LLC

Michael Kasprzyk is CEO of Thinwires, LLC, a privately held company that specializes in guest Internet services for the hospitality world. Since he co-founded Thinwires in early 2003, Michael has successfully grown the business to service several properties of top hotel chains, including members of Leading Hotels of the World. The company currently manages guest Internet services for thousands of rooms in hotels throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Michael's previous work experience, combined with an advanced education, and time spent in the trenches have provided him the skill set and know-how necessary to get the job done right... even if he has to jump in and get his hands dirty. Prior to starting Thinwires, he split nearly 10 years of IT and management experience between Manufacturer's and Trader's Trust Bank (M&T Bank), and ITX Corporation, a leading technology integration company based in Rochester, NY. During that time, Michael honed his skills, which included managing critical systems, meeting regulatory requirements, managing resources, and integrating technology and networks; while improving efficiency, maintaining the highest standards of quality, and integrity. All of which have gone into the success that Thinwires has become today. One of Michael's proudest achievements in owning a business was aiding those decimated by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. He and his partner, Richard Bush, packed a truck with tents, sleeping bags, a lot of wireless equipment and tools, then drove from Buffalo, NY to Mississippi. There, they met up with a newly formed Katrina Relief Coalition, and a group called RadioResponse.org. Over the following weeks and months of sleeping in church parking lots in tents, the team built a 90-mile wireless network that served over 1,500 phone calls to the homeless people living in shelters along the Mississippi coast. This experience provided some very important perspective on life and how important basic communications can be. Inspired by his grandmother to learn more about Deafness and language, Michael's focus has always been on communications, language, and the clarity of ideas moving from one person to the next. Michael holds a Master's Degree in Linguistics and Deaf Education from Canisius College, and a Bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Fredonia, along with several technology accreditations including iNet+, MS, MCSE and MCSA. Throughout his career, this education has helped him in translating complicated technology issues for non-technical persons so that they can make more intelligent business decisions.

Mr. Kasprzyk can be contacted at 716-883-8719 or mikek@thinwires.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.