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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 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.