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Mr. Hill

Roger G. Hill

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, The Gettys Group Inc.

Roger G. Hill II is CEO & Chairman of Gettys, a leading hospitality design, procurement and development firm he co-founded in 1988. A respected hospitality industry veteran, his expertise and influence have helped place Gettys among the most recognized and published firms in the hospitality design industry. One of the vanguards of a “beautiful design is good business,” philosophy in the hospitality design industry, Roger has led Gettys through over two decades of growth by continually raising the bar. First, he changed the business model of a hospitality design firm by adding an in-house procurement department and later, by creating a property development arm at Gettys. Today, Gettys is an industry leader, known for offering a turn-key development-design-procurement formula to hoteliers but also for consistently creating hotels that deliver profits. Most recently, Roger and his team have pursued global growth with offices in Hong Kong and Dubai. Roger is frequently called upon by hospitality and business industry publications to provide insight into the redevelopment, renovation, and repositioning of hotels and is repeatedly quoted by national media outlets. His role as CEO also includes the strategy and analysis for Gettys' development efforts, including the acquisition and repositioning of assets throughout the United States. Roger's achievements earned him Hospitality Design magazine's prestigious Platinum Circle Award, recognizing exceptional achievement in the hospitality design industry. A graduate of Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, Roger is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Society for Hospitality Consultants, and the Young President's Organization.He also serves as a board member of the Lincoln Park Zoo and is past president and past trustee of the Auxiliary Board for the Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, he has served as an appointed delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business.

Mr. Hill can be contacted at 312-836-1111 or info@gettys.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.