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Ms. Hehir

Kim Hehir

VP of Strategic Planning, The Leading Hotels of the World

Kimberly Moffitt Hehir has served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for The Leading Hotels of the World since 2003. Ms. Hehir is responsible for managing the Company's joint ventures and ancillary businesses and acting as a liaison between each department within Leading Hotels of the World to ensure that all goals are consistent with the Company's Strategic Plan. She is also responsible for sourcing and evaluating new business opportunities and implementing those which yield a substantial return on investment, deliver value to the shareholders, enhance member benefits, and will achieve the company's overall goal of becoming an all-inclusive provider of goods and services to the luxury marketplace. Prior to joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Ms. Hehir was a Senior Investment Analyst at Shaffer & Company, which owns and asset manages over $1 billion of luxury hotel properties, many of which are members of Leading Hotels of the World. Prior thereto, Ms. Hehir was the global Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Sonnenblick-Goldman Company, an international real estate investment banking firm averaging US$10 billion in annual transactions. Before joining Sonnenblick-Goldman, Ms. Hehir was the Director of Strategic Marketing for HVS International.

Ms. Hehir can be contacted at 212-515-5630 or khehir@lhw.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.