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Ms. Mendelson

Nancy Mendelson

Senior Vice President, Branding & Communication, Loews Hotels

In her role as Senior Vice President - Branding & Communication, Nancy Mendelson oversees the management and strategic development of the Loews Hotels brand, as well as insuring that all brand messaging is consistently communicated to both internal and external audiences: This includes media channels such as advertising, public relations, social media, direct marketing and the web. Since joining Loews Hotels in 2007, Ms. Mendelson has helped to reposition the brand with a new logo and new marketing efforts which include a new guest loyalty program, You First, LTV a new advertiser-supported in-room television channel and many new strategic partnerships. Ms. Mendelson came to Loews with more than 25 years of branding, media, marketing and communications experience. Prior to joining Loews, she was Vice President and Creative Director of PRI, a New York City-based event, media and marketing communication services company, where her clients included Loews Hotels, Loews Corp., CBS Television, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York University and the 92nd Street Y. Previously, she headed MPI/Mendelson Productions, Inc., which specialized in, branding, marketing and media consulting, project management, creative development and design, film and video production. From 1981 to 1988, she was with CBS Television Network, serving in a variety of positions including Executive Producer/Creative Director, Special Projects, CBS Broadcast Group and Creative Director for CBS Marketing. Her relationship with Loews Hotels spans 19 years. She has also worked in the fields of advertising and publishing. The recipient of numerous industry awards, Ms. Mendelson is a published writer and member of Writers Guild of America, the Forbes Executive Women's Board and the Strategic Planning and Executive Planning Committees for NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.

Ms. Mendelson can be contacted at 212-521-2777 or nmendelson@loewshotels.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.