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Mr. Harvey

Philip J Harvey

President, Venture Insurance Programs

Philip J. Harvey is president of Venture Insurance Programs, a national program administrator for select industries, including hotels, resorts and golf and country clubs. Through Venture, Mr. Harvey created a leading all-lines insurance program for hotels and resorts called SUITELIFE.

Mr. Harvey has more than 35 years of insurance experience in all facets of property and casualty insurance. The hallmark of Venture is an entrepreneurial spirit that identifies market needs and works to develop unique solutions. He values employees and business partners who share this same entrepreneurial approach, and prides himself on being responsive to client issues and industry trends, and he has instilled the same commitment in his staff.

In addition to the SUITELIFE insurance program for hotels and resorts, Mr. Harvey created all-lines insurance programs for the golf, marine, technology, life sciences and banking industries as well as a Professional Liability unit for privately-held, publicly-traded and non-profit organizations.

In 2006, Mr. Harvey formed Inventure, Inc. as a holding company for Venture Insurance Programs; IRISK (an independent risk management firm); and Vertibrands (an insurance marketing communications agency).

In 2007 Mr. Harvey was named to the board of directors of Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) following Venture's receipt of TMPAA's Best Practice Designation.

Prior to founding Venture, he started Philip J. Harvey & Co., Inc. in 1977 as a regional general lines insurance brokerage serving large commercial accounts.

Mr. Harvey can be contacted at 8002826247223 or pharvey@ventureprograms.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.