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Mr. Federman

John Federman

CEO, eStara

John Federman is CEO of eStara, a leading provider of multi-channel communications solutions that connect buyers and sellers. eStara's customer interaction tools increase marketing and sales conversion rates for large enterprises including Starwood, Hilton, Red Lion, and Club Med. Other clients include Verizon, Amazon.com and Continental Airlines. eStara's Click to Call service seamlessly transitions online consumers, together with the context of their session, into immediate telephone or PC-based voice contact with the business. Their call tracking service provides a flexible, scalable call tracking and monitoring service that allows companies to track leads generated in any print or online medium. As Chief Executive Officer, John Federman is responsible for eStara's strategic direction, growth and corporate vision. Mr. Federman brings more than 20 years of experience with innovative information technology and media companies to eStara. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Federman was co-founder, president and CEO of Dotomi, an Internet advertising company, and was responsible for its successful rollout in the United States. Mr. Federman has extensive experience in developing start-up companies and driving them to growth and profitability. As president and CEO of AdSmart, a CMGI company, he grew the company tenfold and orchestrated its sale to Engage. Following AdSmart, he successfully repositioned Newmediary from a destination site to an ASP supporting a private label directory network, and sold that company to CNet Networks. Mr. Federman's career began at Ziff Davis Publishing, where he held a number of positions culminating as Publisher of PC Week, the world's Number 1 trade journal. Mr. Federman is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Art.

Mr. Federman can be contacted at 703-842-4436 or John.federman@estara.com

Coming up in September 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.