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Ms. Borgman

Peggy Borgman

President, Preston Wynne, Inc.

Peggy Wynne Borgman is CEO of Preston Wynne, Inc., which was founded in 1984 and currently operates two spa facilities, one a luxury day spa and the other a hotel spa, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today the company employs 60+ bodyworkers, estheticians, nail technicians, spa concierges, housekeepers, and managers. Ms. Borgman is also principal consultant and seminar leader for Preston Wynne's business-to-business division, which has offered consulting and training services to the spa industry since 1994. Clients of the B2B division have included Hyatt Hotels, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, the Peninsula Group, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spas, East West College of the Healing Arts and Gold's Gym. The author of the consumer title Four Seasons of Inner and Outer Beauty: Spa Rituals for Well-Being, from Random House, Ms. Borgman is also a frequent contributor to spa industry magazines and a highly-rated speaker for trade events such as ISPA, IESC and the American Spa Expo. Her commentary on the spa industry has been featured in USA Today and Time magazine. She is a member of the board of directors for Next Door Solutions, a domestic violence agency in Santa Clara, California, where she works to put the healing and fundraising resources of spas to work in aiding victims of domestic abuse.

Ms. Borgman can be contacted at 408741175030 or pwb@prestonwynne.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.