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Ms. St. Clair

Jasmine St. Clair

Vice President of Design & Construction, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Jasmine St. Clair is the Vice President of Design and Construction for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company.

An experienced professional who has worked on virtually all aspects of hotel design, development and operations, Ms. St. Clair has more than 20 years of project management experience in the hotel industry. She has worked for iconic national and international brands and operators including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, La Quinta, Bristol Hotels & Resorts, Remington Hotels & Resorts, and, most recently, Omni Hotels & Resorts. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has been responsible for managing franchise design and construction development, spearheading new product development and improvement plans (PIP's) on conversion projects, and supervising change of ownership and repositioning logistics at numerous hotels and resorts.

Additionally, Ms. St. Clair has spent time in the purchasing project management role for one of the industry's premier hospitality purchasing companies, Purchasing Management International in Dallas, Texas. Her responsibilities with Purchasing Management International included managing one of the firm's primary clients, Meristar Hotels & Resorts, as well as working on new Westin hotel developments for Beachwood Development in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ms. St. Clair graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she earned a degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M's School of Architecture. As part of her drive to continue to learn and expanded both her knowledge and professional skillset, she continues to take additional graduate-level course work in Construction Management at her alma mater. She currently resides in Colleyville, Texas, with her husband and two sons.

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

Ms. St. Clair can be contacted at +1 214-987-9300 or jasmine.stclair@prismhotels.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.