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Mr. Butler

Jim Butler

Chairman, JMBM's Global Hospitality Group

Jim Butler is the Chairman of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Chinese Investment Group™, the author of the Hotel Law Blog on HotelLawyer.com, and the Founder of Meet the Money® -- National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference. Mr. Butler and his team of hotel lawyers represent hotel owners, developers and investors. The group has helped their clients find business and legal solutions for more than $68 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 1,500 properties around the globe, providing the most extensive virtual database in the world of transactional market terms. Mr. Butler devotes 100% of his law practice to hospitality and is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world. He and his team provide business and legal advice on virtually every kind of hospitality transaction or issue, including: ADA compliance & defense, construction, development, equity & joint ventures, financing, foreign investment, franchise & licensing, hotel-specific contracts, labor & employment including union issues, land use & environmental, leasing, litigation, management agreements, purchase & sale, tax, trademark & copyright, vacation ownership, condo hotels and workouts, bankruptcies and receiverships. Mr. Butler and the hotel lawyers with JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® are aggressive, passionate advocates for owners, developers and investors. Because they do not represent any of the traditional hotel brands or branded management companies, they are conflict-free in helping their clients to level the playing field. More than "just" great hotel lawyers, JMBM's Global Hospitality Group are deal makers. They can help find the right operator or capital provider. They help clients identify key business goals, assemble the right team, strategize the approach to optimize value and then get the deal done. Mr. Butler is frequently quoted as an expert on hotel issues by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg News. You can get his perspective on the Hotel Law Blog; his books are available on HotelLawyer.com.

Mr. Butler can be contacted at 310-201-3526 or jbutler@jmbm.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.