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Mr. Kavanagh

Matt Kavanagh

Senior Project Manager, JN+A

Matthew Kavanagh is Senior Project Manager with JN+A. He has more than fifteen years of professional architectural experience, with extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Kavanagh has been with JN+A for eleven years where he serves as an architectural project lead and has participated in all phases of design for ground up, renovated, and repositioned hotels and resorts.

Mr. Kavanagh serves as a main liaison between the Client and the architectural team. He has significant experience in programming and conceptual design, designing over 400 hotels over the last 5 years for several hotel brands. Some of his recent projects include the ground-up Cambria Suites in Phoenix-Desert Ridge, Arizona; The Mayflower Hotel public space renovation in Washington, DC; Hilton Hotel in Christiana, DE; Hampton Inn Logan Airport in Revere, MA; Cambria Suites in Pittsburgh, PA; EVEN Hotel in Norwalk, CT; and the upcoming Cambria Suites in Morristown, NJ.

Prior to joining the JN+A team, he was a Job Captain for a Washington, D.C.-based firm that worked in the hospitality and residential sectors. During this time, he developed a solid foundation in design for the hospitality industry, working extensively with Choice Hotels and Cambria Suites on prototype development, local model rooms, and hotel projects. He also helped to commence and found the firm's green initiative.

Mr. Kavanagh's other experience includes design for senior living communities, multi-family projects, residence halls, and commercial projects. Mr. Kavanagh earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture degrees at The Catholic University of America and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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

Mr. Kavanagh can be contacted at +1 301-670-1635 or mkavanagh@nehmer.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.