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Mr. Gatlin

Douglas Gatlin

Chief Executive Officer, Green Seal

Doug Gatlin is CEO of Green Seal, the nation's premier ecolabel and the first independent organization established to transform the economy for a healthier, greener planet.

One of the world's foremost experts in the design, development and promotion of market transformation programs and environmental certifications, Mr. Gatlin came to Green Seal with two and a half decades of experience working on advances in energy efficiency and sustainability within the building industry.

Mr. Gatlin has held senior leadership positions with both the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) LEED Program and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR Program. During his tenure at USGBC, he spearheaded the development of standards for existing buildings, schools, the retail sector and hotels, and launched the LEED Volume initiative for large national and global real estate portfolios. He also served as Senior Vice President for LEED Certification and Professional Credentialing at the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI), a USGBC sister organization.

At EPA, Mr. Gatlin helped create the ENERGY STAR Buildings program, where he launched the first national energy certification program for schools and state and local government buildings. With his extensive technical and policy expertise, he has spoken throughout the nation about leading-edge energy performance in buildings, sustainable corporate portfolios, USGBC's LEED Program, environmental certifications and green products.

Mr. Gatlin holds a B.S. in Political Science from Duke University and an M.S. in Energy and Environmental Policy from Georgetown University.

Please visit http://www.greenseal.org for more information.

Mr. Gatlin can be contacted at +1 202-872-6400 or dgatlin@greenseal.org

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.