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Ms. Collins

Jackie Collins

Senior Director Real Estate & Hospitality Division, Arthur J. Gallagher

Jackie Collins is the Senior Director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Real Estate and Hospitality division. Her office is located in the Houston, TX. This office is the hub of Gallagher's Hospitality group and services more than $125,000,000 in annual Hospitality premiums.

She began her career in the Insurance industry in 1990 at Ross & Yerger, Inc. She joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 2003 in an effort to provide her clients additional resources and more comprehensive service through Gallagher's global network.

As a licensed property & casualty broker, her primary duties include the production, management and marketing of accounts associated with the Real Estate and Hospitality industries. She specializes in designing risk management programs by way of traditional insurance mechanisms as well as alternative risk transfer options. She has in depth knowledge of designing layered property programs for mid to large size companies. Her passion is providing outstanding service and a high level of expertise to clients in the Hospitality industry especially in high hazard areas.

Ms. Collins has earned the following designations: Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager and Certified Professional Insurance Woman designations. Her most prized honor is being named Power Broker in 2015 by Risk & Insurance.

Ms. Collins is very active in the Hospitality industry. She participates in a number of Hotel Business Roundtables and industry conferences such as the Hospitality Lodging Conference, the American Lodging Investment Summit, Meet the Money Conference, the Hospitality Law Conference, California Lodging Investment Conference and others.


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

Ms. Collins can be contacted at 713-623-2330 or jackie_collins@ajg.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.