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Mr. Crabiel

Jeff Crabiel

General Manager, The Westin Nashille

Jeff Crabiel is the appointed General Manager of The Westin Nashville, located in the city's downtown, in May of 2019. In his role as General Manager of the property, including Rhapsody Spa and the two Food & Beverage outlets, Decker & Dyer and L27, Mr. Crabiel oversees The Westin Nashville's continued operational successes, while maintaining the Westin brand's luxury standards.

Mr. Crabiel is admired by many colleagues and armed with a unique blend of hospitality management experience and endearing leadership. He has his finger on the pulse of hospitality trends and is constantly pushing staff to integrate these into programs. He brings over ten years of experience in the hotel and luxury resort industry to his relatively new position as General Manager.

Before his appointment, Mr. Crabiel served as the Director of Rooms and Executive Assistant Manager, previously spearheading The Westin Nashville's migration into the Marriott portfolio.

Prior to his employment with the property, Mr. Crabiel worked as Director of Rooms at Hilton Nashville Downtown. Here, he excelled to that position after serving just one year as the Front Office Manager and was awarded the Hilton Award of Excellence for setting a new record in guest satisfaction scores, which were the highest in property history.

Additionally, prior to moving to Nashville, Mr. Crabiel worked as the Front Office Manager at the Hilton Parc Soleil, the Front Office Supervisor at Sheraton Vistana Villages, both in Orland, Florida, and the General Manager of Operations at Lees Inn and Suites.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jcrabiel

Mr. Crabiel can be contacted at +1 629-800-5049 or jeff.crabiel@westinnashville.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.