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Ms. Dunphy

Jennifer Dunphy

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vayu Media

An accomplished sales and marketing executive, Jennifer Dunphy is currently vice president of sales and marketing at Vayu Media, a strategic Internet marketing solutions agency. As a member of the founding executive team and company principal, Ms. Dunphy has successfully leveraged her expertise in SEO, online and mobile marketing, and social media marketing solutions to establish a strong re-seller network of advertising agencies, marketing organizations and PR firms to drive significant new business growth. Recognized for exceptional ability to attract, develop and retain high-performing personnel, Ms. Dunphy has played a key role in building the company's internal talent pool At Vayu, which is based in Atlanta with four offices in the U.S. and South America, she oversees the firm's South American operations, and directly manages select strategic marketing campaigns for both domestic and international clients. A sought-after subject-matter expert, Ms. Dunphy has been interviewed and quoted by FOX5, CBS, All Business, The Examiner, Univision, TAG Tech Talk Radio, Atlanta Business Radio and International Living. She has presented on SEO, social media and reputation management at numerous digital marketing conferences and forums, including the 2011 Digital Summit in Atlanta, the 2011 Women in the Spotlight Symposium, the Business Boot Camp for Women and SoCon 2012. Additionally, Ms. Dunphy has presented to the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Bar Association, E-Marketing Association and conference, and the Buckhead Club. Ms. Dunphy has contributed content to Visibility Magazine, EConsultancy, Womenetics and The Little Pink Book, and she was quoted in the book Fast Track Networking: Turning Conversations Into Contacts. Ms. Dunphy has been nominated for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for four consecutive years, The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Atlanta Business Leaders 40 Under 40 Award, and the Technology Association of Georgia's TAG Marketing Award. In addition, she was selected to participate in LEAD Atlanta, an intensive eight-month leadership development and community education program. Ms. Dunphy serves as the Marketing Chair for the TAG FinTech Board and the TAG Social Business Society and is a committee member of the Buckhead Club's membership and women's network committees. Previously, she was a member of the Venture Atlanta Volunteer Committee. An active volunteer for Himalayan Children's Charities, Ms. Dunphy has also been instrumental in launching a charity in South America in the country of Columbia that will offer structured sports and college prep education to children from low-income families. Born in Minnesota, Ms. Dunphy currently resides in Georgia where she earned her bachelor of science degree from Georgia State in 2005. A world traveler, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and is conversational in Polish.

Ms. Dunphy can be contacted at 404-547-0949 or jdunphy@vayumedia.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.