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Mr. Hamilton

Drew Hamilton

Partner & Managing Director, Vivreau North America

Drew Hamilton is a Partner and the Managing Director of Vivreau in North America, a company focused on providing its environmentally positive water programs to leading Fortune 500 companies, hotels, conference centers and restaurants.

Vivreau develops and implements water programs that allow clients to offer their own limitless, on-site, chilled, filtered still and sparkling water in reusable glass bottles or direct from dispensers. Vivreau programs dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of conventional water offerings and support corporate commitments to environmental responsibility and employee wellness.

Since bringing Vivreau to North America in 2008, the company has actively grown across nearly all verticals that include corporate, government, education and specifically, hospitality.

Mr. Hamilton's "keep it simple, be responsible" philosophy has allowed him to develop relationships with industry leaders and has facilitated a path for Vivreau's programs into notable client spaces like the White House, Google, Microsoft, Four Seasons, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott/Starwood, Hilton, IHG, RHG, Landry's, Brooklyn's Barclays Center and countless others. Mr. Hamilton was nominated for an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015 for his efforts to advance these responsible business solutions throughout the US and Canada.

Long before his days in the water industry, Mr. Hamilton cut his teeth managing complex logistics for media projects of every size, filming and working in extreme or ultra-remote areas. By overseeing ongoing, complex, logistically challenging media projects, Mr. Hamilton progressed as a Producer and Executive Producer within film and television.

Mr. Hamilton's projects have been nominated for numerous awards and he remains a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Please visit https://www.vivreauwater.com for more information.

Mr. Hamilton can be contacted at 877-999-1044 or drew@vivreau.ca

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.