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Mr. Lowenstein

Diego Lowenstein

CEO, Lionstone Development

Diego Lowenstein has been part of the family's varied business interests across several countries for over 25 years. He has held executive positions with several of the family's companies in Argentina, including its real estate holdings and development firm, food service and restaurant operating, and franchising ventures.

Mr. Lowenstein's active involvement and know-how in acquiring, developing, revitalizing and repositioning hotels and casinos throughout Florida and the Caribbean has helped lead the entrepreneurial firm to new heights. In partnership with service industry leaders including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Kimpton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, AM Resorts, the InterContinental Hotels Group, and Virgin Hotels.

Mr. Lowenstein has fulfilled developments in markets that include Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago and a half dozen markets in the Caribbean region. His knowledge in multinational operations and marketing has supported Lionstone's further expansion into luxury residential real estate and mixed-use hotel developments.

Since 1999, Mr. Lowenstein has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Lionstone and assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2003. Among his many roles, he oversees the asset management structure for third party managed properties, and acts as Managing Partner with joint venture partners in existing operations held in partnership and in newly formed developments.

He is responsible for directing activities including deal structuring, financial feasibility analysis, financing, hospitality chain and management firm negotiations, sales and marketing, bidding and construction.

Integrity and dynamism have defined Lionstone and its affiliated companies in the United States, the Caribbean and South America for decades. That same spirit motivates the family-owned Lionstone organization as it continues to create distinctive properties that respect and enhance the communities where they invest and work.

Please visit http://www.lionstone.net for more information.

Mr. Lowenstein can be contacted at +1 305-672-5466 or info@lionstone.net

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.