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Mr. Miller

Michael Miller

Chief Technology Officer, EZYield, a TravelClick Company

Michael Miller is a technology innovator with over 20 years of experience in advanced solution development across a variety of industries and platforms. He joined EZYield, a TravelClick company, as part of the leadership team in October 2010 and is responsible for the development and global implementation of its advanced enterprise-level infrastructure. Under Mr. Miller's technical direction, EZYield expanded its leadership role beyond being the pioneer of the world's first automated channel management technology. Its groundbreaking software-as-a-service solution has quickly become the hotel connectivity standard for revenue managers around the world. EZYield solutions significantly improve the revenue potential of hotel properties by offering integrated connectivity solutions that boost revenue and increase efficiencies by streamlining connections between hotel systems and booking channels. Today, EZYield has become the undisputed leader in integrated connectivity solutions for hotels, serving 4,000 hotels in 96 countries. Prior to his work with EZYield, Mr. Miller developed game changing products and applications for a range of world-class organizations. As a former senior engineer for the Walt Disney World Company in the 1990s, he is best known as one of the inventors of the Disney FastPass, a revolutionary queuing technology that has since become a staple at Disney theme parks around the world. He was also on the founding team of Leap Frog International, a popular line of interactive educational products. As an entrepreneur, he developed firmware that is currently used in U.S. military radar systems. Immediately prior to joining EZYield, Mr. Miller served as director of corporate IT for Compass Knowledge Group, a firm that provides sales and marketing services to nonprofit universities. Throughout his career, he delivers strategic innovation that helps companies achieve new levels of competitive advantage and customer service. Mr. Miller has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Mr. Miller can be contacted at mimiller@travelclick.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.