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Mr. Hogan

Gary Hogan

Chief Executive Officer, Hogan Hospitality Group

Gary Hogan is CEO of Hogan Hospitality Group, a hotel management company with a portfolio of properties in Hawaii (under Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts) and across the continental U.S. (under Marin Management Inc.).

A second-generation hospitality executive, Mr. Hogan has more than 40 years of experience in hotel management and ownership born from the Hogan family enterprise, which pioneered travel and tourism in Hawaii. Mr. Hogan began his career at Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, the travel company founded by his parents, Ed and Lynn Hogan, which served more than 400,000 annual visitors to Hawaii in the 1990s. He is CEO of Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts, which owns and operates Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui and Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii Island. Under Mr. Hogan's leadership, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts began managing Kauai Shores Hotel in 2017 and achieved record-breaking growth during its first year.

In 2018, Mr. Hogan led the acquisition of Marin Management Inc., a California-based hotel management operation with more than 25 branded and independent hotels in California, Arizona, Texas and Wyoming. He is also founder and president of Royal Pacific Air, a luxury private air charter company with a fleet of aircrafts serving five Hawaiian islands. Mr. Hogan is a member of the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association, Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization. He also serves on the board of the Pacific Aviation Museum and Chaminade University, where he founded the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program in 2001 to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through education.

Since 1998, the Hogan Family Foundation has gifted over $100 million to educational and humanitarian causes in the U.S.

Please visit http://www.hoganhospitalitygroup.com for more information.

Mr. Hogan can be contacted at +1 808-599-6912 or gary@hoganhospitalitygroup.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.