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Mr. Bornholdt

Dan Bornholdt

Founder & Owner, Green Suites Hotel Solutions

Eco-preneur Dan Bornholdt is the founder/owner of Ecorp, Inc. dba Green Suites Hotel Solutions. Additionally, Mr. Bornholdt owns all or a stake in several "green" ventures including luxury bamboo towel maker WiseTOWL.com, ProjectPlanetProgram.com, and ToilessPaper.com, a toilet paper brand.

He dropped out of University of California, Berkeley in 1979 as an English Major to start his first venture. Green Suites Hotel Solutions remains his core passion. Founded in 1993, Green Suites Hotel Solutions provides "profitable environmental solutions for the lodging industry." In 27 years, they have worked with over 4000 hotels in 50 states and 25 countries, preventing more than 500 million amenity packages from going into our oceans and local landfills while saving their hotel properties over $100 million dollars in energy, water, waste, and labor costs. The company's new goal is to reduce more than 5 billion tiny plastic bottles and soap bars by 2025. 

On a personal front, Mr. Bornholdt has had a life he wouldn't trade with anyone. Having customers around the globe has allowed him to raise two extraordinary daughters (independent homeowners, both in their mid-twenties--proud papa) while traveling to over 70 countries, climbing several sizable mountains in Asia and South America, and completing 3 Pacific Ocean crossings. When at home in California he is an innovative woodworker who invented the wooden "pocket urn," a handcrafted urn that allows one to take their loved ones with them, be that a vacation or just to their favorite breakfast spot. In 2017, Mr. Bornholdt co-founded the non-profit YourLemonadeStand.org that places entrepreneurs into classrooms to show students that there are a million ways to make it in the world. 

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

Mr. Bornholdt can be contacted at +1 909-920-1277 or dan@greensuites.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.