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Mr. Lustig

Ronald M. Lustig

Design Architect/Principal, Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (ESa)

Ronald M. Lustig, AIA, ISHC, EDAC, LEED Green Associate is Design Architect/Principal of Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (ESa), an architectural firm of which he has been a member for 37 years. He has extensive experience in the design of hospitality venues, convention centers, resorts, spas and entertainment venues across the country and abroad. A few of the notable lodging property projects in which he has been involved include The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA; Malliouhana Hotel Spa, Meads Bay, Anguilla, British West Indies; The Broadmoor Hotel renovation and Spa, Colorado Springs, CO; the Jumeirah Talise Wellness Resort, Dubai, UAE; the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, TN as well as Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and Westin hotels. He has also worked on several freestanding conference centers. His diverse portfolio also includes experience in the design and master planning of healthcare facilities, corporate office buildings and retail. He served as 2000-20001 chairman of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and is past president, treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. He serves on the Design Committee of the Global Hotel Network. Mr. Lustig often serves as a speaker at hospitality related conferences and events across the country. He served as featured speaker of the Central America Tourism & Hotel Investment Exchange Conference (CATHIE) in Managua, Nicaragua in 2009.

Mr. Lustig can be contacted at 615.-329-9445 or ronl@esarch.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.