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Mr. Berwald

Patrick Berwald

Vice President of F&B, Benchmark Global Hospitality

Patrick Berwald, Vice President of F&B for Benchmark Global Hospitality, currently oversees all aspects of food and beverage strategy and direction for 80 diverse international properties.

With over 20 years of food and beverage experience, Mr. Berwald has held key roles with leading hotels and brands among a number of  diverse operating models.  Mr. Berwald received formal culinary training at the world-renowned, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.  He then attained his BS in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Since then, Mr. Berwald has furthered his education with Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration focusing on Hospitality Finance and Marketing.  While in Las Vegas, Mr. Berwald opened the Paris Hotel & Casino as well as worked with MGM Resorts International and Caesar's Entertainment.  Mr. Berwald then went on to collaborate with such brands as Thompson, Hilton and InterContinental to include the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt and InterContinental North American flagship  as well as  the historic Willard in Washington, DC.  Recently Mr. Berwald held the role of Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the New York based luxury brand, Loews Hotels.  Mr. Berwald was responsible for overall strategy, financial performance, operating efficiencies, capital projects and concept development. 

Mr. Berwald maintains credentials with the American Hotel & Restaurant Association (CFBE) and the National Restaurant Association (FMP).  In addition, he is an active member of the F&B committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. 


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

Mr. Berwald can be contacted at 281-364-3204 or pberwald@benchmarkglobal.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.