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Mr. Parisi

Scott Parisi

President, EcoGreen Energy Solutions

M. Scott Parisi, President of EcoGreen a firm founded in 2008 with the goal to support hospitality sustainability. Currently EcoGreen has two major divisions covering Energy Solutions and Constructions Services.

As President of EcoGreen, Mr. Parisi's day to day focus is on supporting a team of talented individuals to support the new construction and renovations of hospitality facilities. Our vendor-neutral approach with a high focus on client satisfaction and retention has allowed EcoGreen to be a part of hundreds of projects Whittington the hospitality industry.

Mr. Parisi and the EcoGreen Team have a culture in exploring sustainable measures that save our clients in cost while saving electricity, natural gas and water. EcoGreen is always looking for ways to introduce the most advanced technologies at the most cost effective delta for their clients.

Additionally, Mr. Parisi develops and hosts educational workshops, staff trainings and has spoken at national and regional events including AAHOA's National Convention, Green Lodging & Hospitality Conference, Boston Green Tourism Events, Philagreen Hospitality Association Events, GF Management University Sessions, National Purchasing Network Annual Expo and the Global Renewable Energy Networking Summit.

Prior to launching EcoGreen, Mr. Parisi worked within the hospitality industry starting early at his family owned restaurant. A little later in life Mr. Parisi found his passion for resource conservation and sustainability serving as the General Manager of the first LEED certified Hotel in the United States; the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Parisi spent eighteen years in the hospitality sector eventually serving as Vice President of Operations overseeing branded hotels including IHG, Starwood, Hilton, Wyndham and Choice Hotels.

Please visit http://www.eg-es.com for more information.

Mr. Parisi can be contacted at +1 888-229-0213 or sparisi@eg-es.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.