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Ms. Sutton

Keiko Sutton

CEO, Kotobuki Seating International

Keiko Sutton is the owner and chief executive officer of Kotobuki Seating International, a New York-based designing and manufacturing company of high-end seating products. With a background in strategic consulting, operations, digital marketing, performance management, and big data analytics, Ms. Sutton has become the go-to analytics leader and has established a name for herself within the seating industry.

Ms. Sutton has been involved with several prestigious events and has presented at some of the industry's top conferences. She is also a long-standing member of the Digital Analytics Association, serving in the Media Analytics Special Interest Group.

For a little over a decade, Ms. Sutton has developed her career in strategic operations and analytics. Most recently, she was at Verizon Media, formerly known as AOL, where she supported the company's rapid turnaround through the use of data and analytics, establishing performance monitoring of Verizon Media's owned and operated assets' audience and traffic growth.

Kotobuki Seating International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotobuki Seating Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan. As Kotobuki Seating continues to grow its presence across the world, Ms. Sutton has joined the team as the head of the New York-based Kotobuki Seating International, as a leader focusing on the group's marketing and sales growth in North America.

Ms. Sutton received a Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the prestigious George Washington University in Washington, D.C., as well as Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

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Ms. Sutton can be contacted at +1 212-691-2325 or keikosutton@kotobuki.co.jp

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.