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Ms. Chang

JC Chang

General Manager, Kapow

JC Chang is the General Manager of Kapow, a Cvent company, based in Chicago. Kapow is a fast-growing platform for booking corporate meetings and events that empowers companies to find, book, and execute memorable, scalable and essential experiences. Kapow's mission is to make it fast and easy to book corporate events that drive results and save planners hours of time.

Prior to Kapow, Ms. Chang spent more than 20 years at the forefront of the digital advertising sales transformation at top media companies, building a proven record of leading teams through extreme change and disruption in the industry.

Ms. Chang has spent most of her career managing the migration of traditional marketplaces online and has held pivotal roles in building Apartments.com, Cars.com and Careerbuilder.com. She is passionate about connecting buyers and suppliers and efficiently solving customer pain points with technology and people.

Ms. Chang started her career at the Chicago Tribune, selling advertising to small restaurants and entertainment venues. She has worked in all aspects of the selling world and is a salesperson at heart. She believes that at the core of any successful company is a well-tuned sales and marketing machine, and she is most proud of her variety of experiences leading award-winning enterprise sales team, building inside sales centers and launching affiliate sales channels.

As an avid traveler, experience seeker, and foodie, Ms. Chang is thrilled to bring her experience to the dynamic and exciting world of events. Ms. Chang holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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

Ms. Chang can be contacted at +1 855-556-7452 or jchang@kapow.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.