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Ms. Tolbert

Jocelyn Tolbert

Editorial Content Manager, Editor in Chief, American Culinary Federation

Jocelyn Tolbert began her professional writing career in fourth grade when she won a fiction contest and her work was published in her hometown of Denton, NC. In high school she made extra cash by editing and proofreading her friends' English papers.

At the University of North Florida, Ms. Tolbert held the position of Features Editor at student publication The Spinnaker and took on an internship at Jacksonville Magazine. After graduation with her B.A. in English and a minor in Communications, she began working full-time at the magazine, and she spent the next four years immersing herself in every aspect of journalism, print publications, social media marketing, digital content management and more.

In 2018, Ms. Tolbert moved to the American Culinary Federation as the association's first Media Coordinator. Within 6-months, Ms. Tolbert was promoted to the Editor-in-Chief of the National Culinary Review, a legacy print and digital magazine. Over the next year, Ms. Tolbert remade the NCR, both graphically and editorially while simultaneously launching partner media channels, including the ACF's fastest growing platform, the We Are Chefs website.

In late 2018, Ms. Tolbert was promoted again, this time to Editorial Content Manager where she develops and executes strategic marketing content in support of the ACF's 15-thousand chef members. Ms. Tolbert's team distributes content via 8 social media channels, email, print and digital publications and the ACF website all of which reach over 140-thousand followers and subscribers daily. She is the youngest Editor-in-Chief in the history of the 90-year old ACF.

Her writing has won numerous awards and taken her around the world, from the olive fields of California to the Bocuse d'Or in France. She is the 351st fastest Minesweeper player in the United States.

Please visit http://www.acfchefs.net for more information.

Ms. Tolbert can be contacted at +1 904-484-0213 or jtolbert@acfchefs.net

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.