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Mr. Heroian

Menze Heroian

Vice President, Tishman Hotels & Realty

Menze Heroian is the Vice President of Tishman Hotels & Realty, a company headquartered in New york and comprised of a diversified staff of experienced real estate, financial and hotel management specialists, and complemented by a technical staff of architects, engineers and construction management professionals. THR typically manages all components of its projects, from feasibility, design, budgeting, financing and development management to ongoing property and asset management. Mr. Heroian began his career with Westin Hotels in 1983 opening three consecutive hotels to include The Westin Copley Place, The Westin Maui and the Walt Disney World Swan, all in food and beverage operations before departing to Las Vegas taking on the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the legendary Caesars Palace. In 1998 he moved back to Orlando as the Director of Catering for the 1200 room Dolphin Hotel located in the heart of Walt Disney World. Starwood Hotels and Resorts acquired the Sheraton brand and Mr. Heroian became the Director of Catering for the Swan and Dolphin, two hotels with accumulated meeting space of over 350,000 sq. ft. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage responsible for the entire food and beverage operation which included Catering, Banquets and 17 outlets. In 2004 he joined the Tishman Hotel Group in his current posiiton. Mr. Heroian currently resides in Orlando, Florida

Mr. Heroian can be contacted at 212-399-3617 or mheroian@tishman.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.