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Mr. Charbonnet

Chris Charbonnet

Senior Vice President of Operations, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Chris Charbonnet is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning full-service hotel management, investment, and advisory services company.

With a quarter century of hotel operations experience in different segments of the hospitality industry, Mr. Charbonnet brings an advanced skillset, an informed perspective, and a depth and diversity of industry expertise that makes him an invaluable asset and an integral member of Prism's executive committee.

Mr. Charbonnet began his hospitality career in management as a Sous Chef at Wyndham Hotel in Los Angeles, California in 1994. Over the course of the last 25 years, Mr. Charbonnet has successfully managed some of the most prominent hotel brands in the business, including familiar names like Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, IHG, Choice, Wyndham, and Carlson.

All told, he spent nearly 10 years with Wyndham International as a Sous Chef, Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Manager and Director, Director of Rooms, Sales Manager, AGM, and General Manager; 9 years with Aimbridge Hospitality as the General Manager, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage and Regional Director of Operations.

Prior to joining Prism, Mr. Charbonnet served for 4 years as the Regional VP of Operations for GF Management, where he was responsible for overseeing more than 60 hotel transitions.

Mr. Charbonnet graduated from The University of Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Culinary Arts, French Pastry Arts, a B.S. in Management and a B.S. in Marketing.

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

Mr. Charbonnet can be contacted at +1 214-987-9300 or chris.charbonnet@prismhotels.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.