Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Bobb

Steve Bobb

Executive Officer, Oregon Surveillance Network

Steve Bobb has been in Indian Gaming since 1995 his sixteen year career has been with the Security and Surveillance Departments. He has experience in starting up operations as well as very large additions and remodels. Over the years Mr. Bobb has capitalizes on many training opportunities which has prepared him to deal with the difficult challenges that face the gaming industry today. Mr. Bobb is also the current Executive Office of the Oregon Surveillance Network. This network of Security and Surveillance professionals is made up of approximately 650 subscribers around the world. Mr. Bobb has been Director of Surveillance for Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon since 2004. He is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, which owns and operates Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc.; the state's largest casino with 1,800 slot machines, multiple table games, a 254-room lodge, four restaurants, an event center and nightclub. Mr. Bobb oversees a staff of 21 employees in a state-of-the-art 6,000-square foot surveillance center that he designed and supervises and has been a model facility for other casinos to emulate. In addition to his current position, Mr. Bobb is a highly-respected consultant and authority within the security industry and has spoken at regional seminars, conferences and luncheons; in addition to contributing several articles on casino and hotel surveillance techniques.

Mr. Bobb can be contacted at 503-879-3700 or steve.bobb@spiritmtn.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.