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Mr. Rizzo

Dennis Rizzo

President & CEO, Bentley Price Associates, Inc.

Dennis P. Rizzo is President and CEO of Bentley Price Associates, Inc. a hospitality-focused executive search firm acknowledged to be a leader in its field. Over four decades, Mr. Rizzo has built his business around an extensive network of international clients and solid relationships at the highest levels, successfully filling thousands of positions, including a large contingent of boldface-name executives.

He began his professional career at an early age. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, the former United States Marine received his BA and took his first job at a major Miami hotel, where his talent was quickly recognized. In a very short time, Mr. Rizzo became the youngest person to hold the position of General Manager with the Hyatt Corporation, where he developed his strong administration and operations background. As a star player for Hyatt, Mr. Rizzo took over operations of the legendary “Hyatt House On Sunset,” which became a favorite stop for the biggest rock and roll acts in the world. His guests included Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and a VIP list of other entertainers who were attracted to Mr. Rizzo's commitment to 5-star service.

Following his well-publicized tenure in Hollywood, Mr. Rizzo was recruited as a General Manager for Le Baron Hotels. He applied his skills and style to opening the brand new Le Baron Hotel in Buena Park, California, while simultaneously managing and completely redesigning the flagship Le Baron property in San Diego. It was there that he innovated new systems for the Food & Beverage operation. In 1976, Mr. Rizzo founded Bentley Price Associates, Inc. to provide a unique approach to how key management and C-level executives are found and recruited for the hospitality and casino gaming industry. He created an entirely new method to target and recruit top talent in a fiercely-competitive environment.

Please visit http://www.bentleyprice.com for more information.

Mr. Rizzo can be contacted at 805-686-1234 or drizzo@bentleyprice.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.