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Ms. Gill

Karine Gill

Managing Director, KGillAssociates

For over 20 years, Karine Gill has been a retained hospitality executive search consultant providing domestic and international clients in the hotel, cruise, gaming and travel sectors with talent at the mid-management and executive levels across all function areas.

Prior to launching her own firm KGillAssociates, Ms. Gill led the hospitality and leisure practice of one of the top global executive search firms and played an active role in over 200 search assignments in the hotel, restaurant, cruise line, gaming travel and timeshare industries. In addition she was an active member of the Human Resources practice of one of the top global executive search firms and played an active role in over 200 search assignments in the hotel, restaurant, cruise line, gaming travel and timeshare industries.

Ms. Gill was an active member of the Human Resources practice and executed a significant number of strategic HR searches across a wide variety of industries

In her current role as Managing Director of KGillassociates, Ms. Gill combines the dedication and personalized service of a boutique agency with access to best practices and resources of a large firm, and has developed a loyal following of clients.

In addition to her search firm, KGillAssociates, Ms. Gill is an Academic and Career Advisor at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee. A native of Antwerp, Belgium, she graduated from the University of Louvain with a Masters in Applied Economics.

Having lived in nine cities on four continents during her career, Ms. Gill speaks Dutch, English, French and Spanish. She is an active consulting member of Cayuga Hospitality Consultants, and The International Network of Hospitality Consulting Professionals.

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

Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/karine-gill-485299a/

Ms. Gill can be contacted at +1 305-608-8591 or Karine@KGillassociates

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.