Editorial Board   

Ms. Vendice

Beth Vendice

President, Mercury Media Boston

Beth Vendice joined Mercury in 2001 and brought with her over 10 years of national client service experience. Ms. Vendice has led the firm to significant year-over-year growth by attracting clients that include Mandalay Bay Resorts Group, Neutrogena, LifeLock, Liberty Medical, Boost Mobile, Conair, Vegas.com, among others. Ms. Vendice is President of Mercury Media Boston and is responsible for leading the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the national short-form practice. She has over 20 years of experience partnering with clients in a range of industries to successfully extend their marketing scope and appreciably grow their businesses. Prior to joining Mercury, Ms. Vendice worked for 12 years for Liberty Mutual and AIG as a successful Underwriting Director with both client service and sales responsibilities. She underwrote and serviced a national account client base for Liberty and specialized in the Medical Malpractice and HMO liability sectors for AIG. Ms. Vendice has her undergraduate degree in Finance from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a graduate degree in International Business from Bentley College. She is currently pursuing an environmental engineering degree from Northeastern University.

Ms. Vendice can be contacted at 508-449-3222 or bvendice@mercurymedia.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.