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Mr. Dahm

Richard Dahm

Senior Risk Consultant, National Hospitality Division, Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Richard Dahm, Jr. is senior risk consultant for the National Hospitality Division of Wells Fargo Insurance Services in Clearwater, Florida. As a hospitality specialist, his expertise includes property, restaurant/hotel facilities, and risk management. He holds a BA in management from Eckerd College and an MBA from DeVry University. He is a native Floridian and a member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Mr. Dahm's knowledge, experience, and determination have proven unequalled in Florida's hospitality industry. His high energy level, resourcefulness, and high caliber risk management experience, coupled with his professional staff of claims, safety, and marketing professionals enables him to provide hospitality executives with the type of consultation that reduces insurance risks and premiums. The Clearwater, Florida office (formerly Acordia Insurance) has served the insurance needs of Florida businesses for over 100 years and now adds the 150 years of experience and global reach of their new parent, Wells Fargo Company. Wells Fargo Insurance Services, is a Wells Fargo Company headquartered in Chicago, Ill. They provide insurance brokerage, administrative services, as well as a wide range of financial and consulting services to thousands of clients from over 150 local offices across the nation. Today, their 4,500 associates place more than 8.5 billion in risk premium making Wells Fargo Insurance Services the fifth largest insurance brokerage firm in the world and the largest bank-affiliated insurance brokerage firm in the U.S.

Mr. Dahm can be contacted at 800-282-3343 Ext: 5436 or Richard.Dahm@wellsfargo.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.