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Ms. Walters

Michele Walters

Co-Founder, Origin World Labs

Michele Walters is Co-Founder and Head of Guest Behavior Analytics for Origin World Labs. Ms. Walters is an expert in the field of Consumer Behavioral Analytics for leisure industries. She has led guest behavioral research projects and departments for some of the world's leading entertainment and hospitality companies including Walt Disney, Universal Studios, and Discovery Communications. She has 16 years of experience supplying customer-centric analytic solutions and predictive models in US domestic, US Hispanic, European and Latin American/Caribbean markets. Ms. Walters holds an MBA and a Master's of Science in Marketing from University of Miami. She is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of Origin World Lab's services. Origin World Labs(OWL) creates the customized analytics models that optimize Pricing, Marketing and Operations for the best companies in Hospitality. Our team creates new value by embedding model-driven intelligence into every hotel managerial process. OWL is a lab of Mathematicians, Behavioral Scientists, Information Technology veterans and a bunch of brilliant, energetic, award-winning statisticians united by our passion for analytics. OWL runs the math that runs the best hotels in the world. Learn more by visiting the website at [www.forsmarthotels.com][1] [1]: http://www.forsmarthotels.com

Ms. Walters can be contacted at 305-303-0284 or

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.