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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 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.