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Mr. Post

Robert Post

CEO, Knowland

Robert (Bob) Post is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Knowland, a provider of hospitality software to properties looking to regain control of their profitability. Mr. Post joined Knowland in May, 2019 to lead them through their next phase of growth. He is also the Executive Chairman of FranConnect and a former Board Member of The Monaker Group.

As an entrepreneur and veteran software company executive, Mr. Post excels at leading tech companies through mid-cap stages of growth, including exit strategies. He specializes in restructuring and operational turnarounds for private equity and public entities. He focuses his efforts on businesses with growth paths from $10m to $200m in revenue.

As a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other executive leadership roles, Mr. Post has worked with many high-growth companies including TravelCLICK, FranConnect, Cloud5 Communications and Oracle Hospitality. In addition, he provides executive-level consulting on Technology and Distribution technology to Travel and Hospitality industry brands including Marriott, Amadeus, and IHG.

Mr. Post was recognized as the CEO of the Year by the Illinois Information Technology Association and named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Duquesne University and attended the Advanced Management Program with Wharton School of Business. You can connect with Mr. Post on LinkedIn.

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

Mr. Post can be contacted at +1 571-429-5772 or bpost@knowland.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.