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Mr. Clayton

Hunter Clayton

Co-Managing Director Houston Office, Gensler

Hunter Clayton is a Co-Managing Director for the Houston office of global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the firm, including seven years as a principal in the firm's Santa Monica and Las Vegas offices and nine years as an executive with MGM Resorts International.

With extensive work in large-scale projects worldwide — including CityCenter in Las Vegas, the largest privately funded mixed-use project in the United States — Mr. Clayton contributes his invaluable experience and a global perspective to the firm's leadership team. In addition to the monumental CityCenter project in Las Vegas, Mr. Clayton completed the MGM Cotai, a resort development in Macau SAR, China. In parallel, Mr. Clayton worked as Project Executive on the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. Earlier, he oversaw the design and construction of MGM National Harbor, a luxury hotel, resort and casino that opened in late 2016.

Beyond his extensive understanding of all things hospitality design, Mr. Clayton also possesses substantial experience in aviation design. Most specifically, Mr. Clayton worked on the Dubai International Airport, the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia and the Narita International Airport in Japan.

Mr. Clayton leads in a way that constantly drives others to find solutions that are purposeful, inspirational and more efficient. He fosters a culture that collaborates and overachieves in design project delivery.

Mr. Clayton is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-Accredited Professional and holds degrees in both Architecture and Construction Management from the University of Houston and Texas A&M University in College Station, respectively.

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

Mr. Clayton can be contacted at +1 713-844-0000 or hunter_clayton@gensler.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.