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Mr. Mustarde

James Mustarde

Marketing Director, Twisted Pair Solutions

James Mustarde is the Marketing Director for Twisted Pair Solutions, the leader in critical communications applications for commercial, public sector and defense organizations worldwide. Mr. Mustarde currently manages Twisted Pair's flagship WAVE software which empowers mobile workforces worldwide by delivering secure, real-time collaboration anywhere on any device. WAVE delivers voice, video, location, presence and other forms of data throughout a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, hospitality, construction, utilities and aviation, among others. Most recently, Mr. Mustarde is helping to launch WAVE Connections, a next generation push-to-talk cloud-based service that instantly connects teams of mobile workers using smartphones, tablets and PCs. With WAVE Connections, users can push-to-talk with almost any other device over any 3G/4G or WiFi network for instant, reliable and secure voice communications. As Marketing Director, Mr. Mustarde manages the company's communication and visibility across sales channels. An IP network and computer software industry veteran, Mr. Mustarde has been published across enterprise and vertical trade publications and writes on the benefits of secure and interoperable software-based unified communications for mobile workforces, including features in NetworkWorld, GigaOm, PowerGrid, Utility Products, Emergency Management, Urgent Communications and MissionCritical Communications. Mr. Mustarde has spoken at several key industry conferences including IWCE 2011, helping audiences extend their networks, better leverage existing investments and unify their communications operations. He served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Allied Telesis for a decade prior to joining Twisted Pair. He graduated from City University in Great Britain.

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Mr. Mustarde can be contacted at +1 206-442-2101 or james.mustarde@twistpair.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.