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Ms. McNees

Lynne McNees

President, International Spa Association

Lynne McNees is the President of the International SPA Association (ISPA). For over 20 years, Ms. McNees has led ISPA's global operations. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, ISPA has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. Ms. McNees serves as ISPA's official spokesperson and is frequently interviewed as a spa expert by major media outlets including The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Women's Wear Daily, the Associated Press and numerous consumer and trade publications.

Prior to her role with ISPA, Ms. McNees worked for several years in Washington, D.C. Her significant accomplishments in the nation's capital included positions with WorldCupUSA, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, The President's Commission on The White House Fellowships and the Office Presidential Personnel in The White House. Ms. McNees also served on the Bush/Quayle campaign and Presidential Inaugural teams.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Ms. McNees currently serves on the Policy Well Advisory Counsel, Dallas Customer Advisory Board, Professional Beauty Federation Board and the Bank of the Bluegrass Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in kinesiological science.

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

Ms. McNees can be contacted at +1 859-425-5072 or lynne.mcnees@ispastaff.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.