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Mr. Kall

Rob Kall

President, Bookt LLC

Rob Kall, President of Bookt LLC, is a 'technopreneur' at heart. He founded Bookt (www.bookt.com ) in 2007 to fill a large void in the global vacation rental industry, drawing upon his 12+ years of experience in developing and implementing some of the most sophisticated (and visited) real estate and property websites in the world. Mr. Kall is a master of emerging web technologies, especially as they are applied to the travel industry, as well as behavioral targeting and engagement, deciphering marketing trends into widgets and applications, and online distribution hubs beyond the GDS. Mr. Kall has designed and led the implementation of Remax.com - # 2 Real Estate Site in US (was #10 at project start), designed and led the implementation of LeadStreet, a CRM and Lead management system used by over 70,000 RE/MAX agents - Has delivered over 5M leads to RE agents in less than 2.5 years, and designed the architecture for the First National MLS Search Enabled Brokerage web portal for Help-U-Sell. Mr. Kall also has a successful track record as an entrepreneur. In 2001 he co-founded RECHANNEL, a real estate technology company, where he laid the groundwork for the REMS platform used by 5 of the largest real estate companies in the world (RE/MAX, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA & Sotheby's International Real Estate). In 2004 RECHANNEL was sold to eNeighborhoods where Mr. K"all was VP of Web Development until 2007. Mr. Kall has Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Boras, Sweden.

Mr. Kall can be contacted at 800-941-0868 or rob@bookt.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.