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Mr. Shelly

Randy Shelly

Executive Vice President, Hospitality, Shawmut Design & Construction

Randy Shelly is the executive vice president of hospitality at Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.5 billion national construction management firm. As executive vice president, Mr. Shelly is charged with overseeing the division's profitability and growth across its hotel, restaurant, and sports venues verticals, while ensuring each client's goals are exceeded.

During his time at Shawmut, Mr. Shelly has developed relationships with high-profile clients including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Nobu Hospitality, and Soho House. Under his leadership, the team has completed hotel projects for InterContinental New York Barclay, The Plaza, Nobu Ryokan, The Hoxton, Downtown LA, Boston Harbor Hotel, and Nobu Hotel Chicago.

In the restaurant sector, Mr. Shelly's team has cultivated partnerships with renowned hospitality groups including Union Square Hospitality Group, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, and Make It Nice.  He also launched the sports venues division at Shawmut, solidifying relationships with venues such as MetLife Stadium.

Mr. Shelly has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, working his way up from the project management ranks to a leadership role. Prior to joining Shawmut in 2002, he served as vice president for The Douglas Company.

Mr. Shelly is on the board of directors for Cradles to Crayons and supports Ment'or, the non-profit foundation that cultivates and inspires culinary excellence in young chefs, including selecting and training them to represent Team USA at the world's most prestigious culinary competition, Bocuse d'Or.

Mr. Shelly graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management and has a certificate of business management from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business Management.

Please visit https://www.shawmut.com for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-shelly-07232612/

Mr. Shelly can be contacted at +1 617-622-7124 or rshelly@shawmut.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.