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Mr. Robinson

Bernard Robinson

Director of Security Services, St. Regis Atlanta

Bernard Robinson is currently the Director of Security Services at the St. Regis Atlanta-Buckhead. He has extensive industry knowledge encompassing Safety, Security, Asset Protection, and Risk Management. He has spearheaded operations on property-level oversight of security and loss prevention operations, regional program responsibility for multiple accounts and/or locations, as well, instrumental regarding corporate level program conceptualization, planning, training and implementation. Mr. Robinson is a dynamic, results-oriented executive possessing 25 years of security and safety industry knowledge. Mr. Robinson has 15 years in hospitality in luxury brands including The Ritz Carlton and The St. Regis. His expertise also includes 10 years in law enforcement including investigation and emergency response team (SWAT) specialty. Additionally, Mr. Robinson has broad knowledge of OSHA regulations as well as Six Sigma Green Belt training and certification. Mr. Robinson contributes to the security industry through consulting/advising small businesses and communities through safety training and media dialogue promoting proactive security measures. He is consistently working with industry, local, state and federal agencies in situational awareness, emergency preparedness and technological advancements in security tools (e.g. key access and biometric systems). Mr. Robinson believes in staying informed with newest and latest security technologies and how its application can help daily operations in asset protection, physical security and crime prevention. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism concentration in Public Relations and Criminal Justice as well as an MBA in Global Business with focus in applications of Human Resources and cultural adaptation in Trans-National corporations.

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 404-563-7901 or bernard.robinson@stregis.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.