Editorial Board   

Mr. Kremp

Paul R. Kremp

General Manager, Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

A 35-year hotel veteran, Paul Kremp started his career in the hospitality industry in high school working summers at Walt Disney World. He worked in various hourly and management positions until 1981. After college Mr. Kremp went on to serve in management positions for Hospitality Management Corporation in Dallas, TX, Radisson Hotels Worldwide in Minneapolis, MN, Danela Hotels in Philadelphia PA, Hudson Hotels Corporation in Rochester, NY, GF Hotels in Philadelphia, PA, and Summit Hospitality, Inc. in Rochester, NY. While at Radisson Mr. Kremp worked at several hotels throughout the United States, including as General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Harbour View Hotel in San Diego, CA. Mr. Kremp has worked in both hotel management, franchise and owner operator capacity throughout his career at brands including Radisson, Ramada, Marriott, Red Roof Inn, Microtel, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, and for independent hotels. He is currently General Manager of the Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, one of the largest hotels in downtown Rochester, New York. The hotel, which is owned by Summit Hospitality, Inc of New York, has 362 rooms and suites, several restaurants and extensive meeting services and banquet space.

Mr. Kremp can be contacted at 585-324-0032 or pkremp@rochesterplaza.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.