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Ms. Silverman

Marjorie Silverman

Honorary President, UICH, Les Clefs d'Or

Marjorie Silverman excelled in the concierge industry for 25 years and now serves as a Consultant, Meeting Planner and Lecturer. She was the Chef Concierge of Hotel InterContinental Chicago, and was the first female and first American to serve as President of Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels, Les Clefs d'Or. Les Clefs d'Or is the prestigious international association of concierges, headquartered in Paris, France which groups 40 member countries under its umbrella. The 3500 members transcend global politics and join forces to promote tourism worldwide. Ms. Silverman has been a dedicated concierge professional since she began her career at the Westin Hotel Chicago in 1980. After ten distinguished years at the Westin Hotel Chicago, she joined Hotel InterContinental as Chef Concierge and was employed there for 15 years. Due to her competence and mastery of the Concierge Department, she was sent by Westin to help open the Westin O'Hare as well as the Westin in Washington, DC. Further, when the Plaza Hotel in New York City belonged to the Westin Hotel chain, she was sent to improve the delivery of concierge services. In addition to her job duties, Ms. Silverman was active in several concierge organizations. She was a founding member of the Chicago Hotel Concierge Association as well as an early member of Les Clefs d'Or USA and has seen the organization grow from 28 members to more than 500. She has held every office in Les Clefs d'Or USA and after the completion of her presidency in1990, she served as Advisor to the Board of Directors until August, 2007. Under her leadership as Director of Development of Les Clefs d'Or in the Americas, Mexico and Brazil were accepted as Les Clefs d'Or member sections. Ms. Silverman is skilled at teaching about the profession. She taught at the International Concierge Institute in Montreal and Fort Lauderdale as well as conducting seminars for concierge professionals in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, China, Jamaica and Anguilla. She recently conducted a seminar in Warsaw, Poland with Holly Stiel, a noted hotel consultant, author and lecturer. Ms. Silverman serves the international Les Clefs d'Or as an Honorary President, member of Le Conseil des Sages, whose function is to advise and safeguard the statutes and ideals of the Association. Les Clefs d'Or USA has honored Ms. Silverman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and has dedicated a scholarship in her name, The Marjorie Silverman Education Fund.

Ms. Silverman can be contacted at 773-248-7462 or marjoriesilverman@mac.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.