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Ms. Sheehan

Andrea Sheehan

Principal & Art Director, Dawson Design Associates

As an interior designer and commercial artist specializing in Hospitality Design, Andrea Dawson Sheehan approaches each new assignment with the goal to create spaces that engage hotel guests both intellectually and visually. It has been her firm's mandate, that the guest experience and interaction with the hotel, be both intimate and personal.

As Principal and Art Director, she founded Dawson Design Associates in 1987. Today, with offices in Seattle and London, the firm's many creative and unique projects have won numerous national and international design awards while being widely published internationally in magazines like Vogue, Elle Decor, Wallpaper, GQ, Conde Nast, Travel and Leisure and The New York Times. Her passion has always been to open people's eyes and minds to discovering the surprise and delight of a unique and interesting visual experience. Stylish, original and often provocative, DDA projects are recognized for their creativity and originality; and proven by their success and profitability. Her notable client list includes Pebblebrook Hotels, Host International, Sunstone and LaSalle Hotels. DDA specializes in luxury and upper luxury 'Lifestyle' Brands such as Viceroy, Kimpton, W, Autograph, SBE, Curio, and Rosewood.

Ms. Sheehan attended Central Washington University where she majored in fine art and graphic design. The daughter of a professional artist, she decided early on that her future lay not in fine art itself, but in the application of the artistic design process in a commercial environment that would touch as many people as possible -- specifically the Hotel Industry.

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

Ms. Sheehan can be contacted at 206-932-3102 or andrea@dawsondesignassociates.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.