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Mr. Mitchell

Kjell Mitchell

President & Chief Executive Officer, Glenwood Hot Springs

For 37 years, Kjell Mitchell, Glenwood Hot Springs president and chief executive officer has been putting into practice the resort's mission: to help people feel better. Serving in a variety of capacities, initially as a bellman and front office supervisor in the 1970s, Mr. Mitchell got his start in the hospitality industry early and worked his way into positions of leadership. In 1989, he was appointed general manager, and later chief operating officer. Under his leadership, the organization has grown four successful business operations, including the world-famous Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the award-winning Spa of the Rockies, the Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club with over 1,000 members and the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, which recently underwent a comprehensive renovation. In addition to his duties at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Mitchell served on the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors for 16 years and helped create the current pro-tourism climate in Colorado. In 2010, Mr. Mitchell was named Hotelier of the Year by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association for his role in raising money for the Legislative Readiness Fund, which was established to support issues and policies that promote a pro-business environment at the state and national levels. Under Mr. Mitchell's leadership, Glenwood Hot Springs is able to support many worthy charitable organizations. Notable contributions have included funding for the heart and vascular center at the regional hospital, the construction of a whitewater park, and annual scholarships for college-bound students. The Glenwood Hot Springs actively underwrites countless community events and organizations. Glenwood Hot Springs has also made massive strides in energy conservation during Mr. Mitchell's tenure. In addition to using water from the thermal springs to heat the lodge and other buildings, the resort has significantly reduced its carbon footprint by implementing energy saving technology and is considered a model for green energy practices.

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Mr. Mitchell can be contacted at 970-947-2955 or kmitchell@hotspringspool.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.