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Mr. Holtzman

Richard Holtzman

Vice President & Managing Director, Montage Kapalua Bay

A seasoned hospitality executive with more than 30 years of experience, Richard “Dick” Holtzman oversees management of all operations for Montage Kapalua Bay. Mr. Holtzman joined the Montage Hotels & Resorts family following his most recent position as senior vice president of Pyramid Hotel Group, where he managed the company's resort portfolio since 2011. Prior to his role at Pyramid, he spent seven years as the President of Kukui'ula Development Company, LLC, (a joint venture of Honolulu based Alexander and Baldwin and Scottsdale based DMB Associates) a 1,000-acre luxury resort and residential community in Poipu on the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Mr. Holtzman's experience also includes roles as president of Grand Bay Hotels and Resorts, which evolved from Carefree Resorts as the luxury division of Wyndham International. He also held management positions at several Westin Hotels including The Arizona Biltmore, The Plaza, The Westin Detroit, and The Westin Peachtree Plaza. Mr. Holtzman is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hospitality Administration. He and his wife Sheila are the proud parents of three grown children. They have recently relocated from Scottsdale, AZ and are thrilled to be back to Hawaii.

Mr. Holtzman can be contacted at 808-662-6600 or dholtzman@montagehotels.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.