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Ms. Obstler

Nancy Obstler

General Manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa

Nancy Obstler serves as a hotel general manager for Alpharetta, Georgia-based Atrium Hospitality, which is ranked one of the nation's largest hotel owners and operators. Since 2015, she has been in her current role as general manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa in Concord, North Carolina.

The 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence designated property is particularly special to Ms. Obstler, as she was part of the 2006 pre-opening and 2007 opening teams. She served as director of sales for many years at the 308-suite property, during which time the hotel received several performance-based honors. Under Ms. Obstler's direction, the hotel has been recognized with the Embassy Suites by Hilton Brand's Make a Difference Award more than once and with the Brand's Sales Team of the Year Award on multiple occasions. The area Chamber of Commerce has acknowledged the property with several awards for community service.

Early in her career, Ms. Obstler was a pastry chef but got a taste for operations, which she feels is her true calling. Before serving in general manager roles, she gained experience as director of food and beverage and director of sales for Southeast and Northeast hospitality assignments. Her impressive 28-year career also includes her role as general manager of the 275-room/suite Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in North Carolina.

With a blended background in food and beverage, sales and operations, Ms. Obstler drives home a focus on exceptional guest service. She works to create a balanced workplace environment to provide for happy and healthy associates.

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

Ms. Obstler can be contacted at +1 704-455-8200 or nancy.obstler@atriumhospitality.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.