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Mr. Hudak

Richard Hudak

Managing Partner, Resort Security International

Richard G. Hudak, Managing Partner, Resort Security International, graduated from Harvard University (BA) and later earned Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from InterAmerican School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 1967 to 1970, Mr. Hudak served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and was decorated for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War. Following military service, Mr. Hudak was appointed as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was assigned to several offices during his 11 year career investigating criminal matters, conducting background checks on presidential appointments, and working counter-espionage and counter-terrorism cases. Mr. Hudak's corporate career includes cross-industry experience as Director of Corporate Security positions in banking (Mbank, Dallas, TX); hotels ( ITT Sheraton Corporation—500 hotels in 64 countries) and most recently with Loews Corporation (a holding company comprised of Loews Hotels, Bulova Watch Corporation, CNA Insurance, Lorillard Tobacco, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Texas Gas, Gulf South). In addition, Mr. Hudak has been employed as an International Security Consultant with Ackerman and Palumbo, Risk Management Group, and with Resort Security International, a company that he incorporated in Delray Beach, Florida. As an Adjunct Professor, he taught Master's level security management courses at John Jay University, NYC and has lectured at NYU, George Washington University, and at the Hotel Management School in Lausanne, Switzerland. In his current capacity as Managing Partner, Resort Security Consulting Inc. (RSC), Mr. Hudak provides security expert witness testimony and litigation support for several national law firms. RSC also works with architects and developers during construction of new resorts and hotels to create a practical and cost effective approach to security. RSC conducts security surveys and audits, and provides consultation for existing hotels and resorts, marinas, golf clubs, equestrian and ski operations to ensure that they have reasonable protection and safeguards in place. Finally, RSC provides valuable security expertise to selected vendors of security equipment, technology and services. Mr. Hudak sits on the Board of Directors for Safemark Systems, Inc., IdentityTheft911 and the Board of Advisors for I-OnAsia. He is an active member of ASIS, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, VFW, American Legion, Harvard Clubs of NYC and Palm Beach, and the Harvard Varsity Club, and is a past member of ISMA, IBSA and the AHLA Security Committee. Mr. Hudak has authored numerous published articles regarding contemporary issues in security management and has appeared on both radio and television programs. Mr. Hudak was featured on the cover of Security Magazine, January, 2007 edition.

Mr. Hudak can be contacted at 516-381-5252 or hudak@resortsecurity.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.