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Ms. Pepe

Dianne Pepe

Director of Group Sales, Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York

As director of group sales for the 750-room Millennium Broadway Hotel New York, Dianne Pepe has responsibility for the property's 110,000 square feet of meeting and business space, including the only residential IACC-accredited conference center in New York City and the iconic and historic Hudson Theatre, an immensely popular choice for special corporate events, product launches, private social events, and weddings, including the largest number of same sex marriages in the city. Prior to joining Millennium Ms. Pepe was area director of sales for the Pyramid Hotel Group where she directed the sales operation and managed a staff of 16 for two “big box” central New Jersey IACC certified conference center hotels totaling 770 rooms and over 110,000 square feet of meeting space. Before that, she was director of group sales for The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, a 294-room hotel with 22,000 square feet of conference space. Ms. Pepe began her sales career as catering manager at the all-suite Madison Suites Hotel before moving on to the 204-room Radisson Hotel Princeton. In 2004 she was recruited by the prestigious Doral Forrestal Conference Center and Spa where she received recognition as the top hotel sales manager for Interstate Hotels and Resorts Northeast 2005 and began her love affair with IACC. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Sullivan County Community College, part of the State University of New York system.

Ms. Pepe can be contacted at 212-789-7566 or dpepe@mill-usa.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.