Editorial Board   

Mr. Burchard

Shaun Burchard

President, Meridian Hospitality Group, Inc.

Shaun Burchard, a hotel professional since 1986 and a Certified Hotel Administrator, is President and Operating Partner of Meridian Hospitality Group, Inc., a hotel performance company delivering superior hotel results since its formation in 2004. Mr. Burchard and his partners at MHG have built the company from a single distressed hotel to operating more than 26 hotels across the country including brands with Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Choice, and Best Western. Meridian Hospitality Group is successful as a result of its entrepreneurial approach and a relentless commitment to outperforming the competition at every opportunity. Meridian Hospitality Group is built on the principles of smart hard work, objective measurement of meaningful metrics and developing ownership in the outcome at all levels. Originally from New York and now based in the Midwest, Mr. Burchard has spent the last 20+ years building success across the full spectrum of hotels from select service through luxury brands throughout the United States. Mr. Burchard's career, before forming Meridian Hospitality Group, consisted of a balance of positions dedicated to both Operations and Sales & Marketing, allowing him to bring a unique focus and level of expertise to MHG's investment partners and managed properties. Strong beliefs in direct effective communication and transparency in day-to-day decision-making are key drivers in the successful growth of Meridian Hospitality Group.

Mr. Burchard can be contacted at 618-531-5177 or sburchard@shaunburchard.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.