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Mr. McAvoy

Jim McAvoy

Founder & President, JWMcAvoy & Company Ltd.

Jim McAvoy founded JWMcAvoy & Company Ltd. in 2004. He has spent over 20 years accumulating diverse business experiences in business development, marketing and selling roles within the healthcare/managed care, financial services, learning/consulting and online market research industries. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. McAvoy was a Director of Sales at Communispace Corporation, a Boston based, online market research company founded in 1999. Mr. McAvoy worked closely with the senior management team and reported directly to the President and CEO. He helped create and shape sales strategy within an emerging market and sold to senior decision makers at Fortune 100 companies. In 1993 he joined The Forum Corporation, a global leader in workplace learning. While working out of their Manhattan office, he created and marketed a business development process that generated “significant” revenue for the firm's Eastern Division for seven years. Before working at The Forum Corporation, Mr. McAvoy was a sales executive from 1987 to 1993 with Aetna's Employee Benefits Division, specializing in the field of group indemnity & managed care and the marketing of 401k plans. Mr. McAvoy holds a BA in Economics & History from The College of William & Mary. He also attained the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation which is a partnership of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. McAvoy can be contacted at 610-374-2443 or jim@mcavoyleads.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.