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Mr. Sheets

Warren Sheets

President, Warren Sheets Design, Inc.

Warren Sheets, the president of San Francisco-based Design, Inc. (WSD) has overseen WSD for nearly 30 years, accruing a diverse portfolio of high-end residential and commercial projects located across the country, including New York, Palm Beach, Chicago, Palm Springs, La Jolla and Beverly Hills. With decades of experience and training, Sheets has orchestrated many creative successes, earning international recognition and marquee clients - from luxury homes to posh hotels to exclusive private country clubs. A sampling of his company's completed projects include: San Diego's Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond Grand Del Mar Resort and its critically acclaimed signature restaurant, Addison; an historic lodge, as well as a collection of 43 custom homes at Kootenai Estates in Montana; an antique car salon and museum in Florida; The Vintage and The Eldorado Country Clubs in Indian Wells, California and The Grande Colonial, a historic hotel in La Jolla California. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Sheets originally stoked his creative spirit while studying theater arts and direction at UCLA, launching a community theater group, and producing and directing musicals. He later earned an associate's degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 1984, he opened a Los Angeles design studio on Melrose Avenue; and in 1995, moved Warren Sheets Design and its staff to San Francisco. Mr. Sheets is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, The California Historical Society and San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth (SRG).

Mr. Sheets can be contacted at 415-626-2320 or info@warrensheetsdesign.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.