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Mr. Pulito

Chris Pulito

Chief Operating Officer, Mirbeau Hospitality Services

Chris Pulito is Chief Operating Officer of Mirbeau Hospitality Services, a specialized hospitality management company that provides management and consulting services for high service hotels, resorts and spas. The company draws upon its 10 years of success with Mirbeau Inn & Spa, the acclaimed spa resort that is consistently rated among the world's best for its hotel, spa and dining experience. It is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the idyllic town of Skaneateles. Mr. Pulito has more than 16 years of luxury hospitality and spa management experience including the Mirbeau Inn & Spa where he previously served as Spa Director and currently serves the dual role of General Manager. Prior to joining Mirbeau, Mr. Pulito was with Four Seasons Hotel New York where he served as Spa Director. He was previously Spa Director at Stoweflake Resort and Spa, joining the Vermont resort in 2002 to open its 50,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, and held the same position earlier at Rockresorts' Avanyu Spa at La Posada in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Pulito launched his career at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Over five years, he served in a variety of roles, including fitness, club and spa director. A graduate of Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont, Pulito received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. He is a member of the New York Spa Alliance and the International Spa Association, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Alliance, a newly formed organization whose stated goal is to bridge the gap between Hotels, Spas and Fitness. Mr. Pulito is a founder of Mirbeau Hospitality Services which offers an array of options for effective management, marketing and operations of special hospitality properties and spas. These include focusing on enhanced business performance, organizational culture, informational systems, personnel development, marketing, training, financial reporting property maintenance, operational performance and asset management. The company also offers design and development services and consultation for every phase of development for new properties, from market analysis and feasibility to concept design and hotel, spa and food and beverage programming. Mirbeau Hospitality Services currently manages the Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Finger Lakes Lodge and is assisting in the design and development of four new resort properties located in Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland and Michigan.

Mr. Pulito can be contacted at cpulito@mirbeau.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.