Editorial Board   

Mr. Guinn

Clyde Guinn

Senior Vice President, Stanford Hotels

Clyde Guinn is a Certified Hotel Administrator with more than 30 years experience in the hotel industry. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he served in various positions with Marriott in Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Houston and later opened the first Adam's Mark hotel as pre-opening director of sales in Houston. He later served as assistant vice president of sales and marketing for the Adam's Mark brand and as a general manager in their Kansas City and Charlotte, N.C. properties. Guinn opened the four-diamond Kansas City Marriott Plaza as general manager in 1986. He joined Radisson Hotels Worldwide in 1991 as regional vice president and in 1997 he was promoted to senior vice president. Today, Guinn is directly responsible for day-to-day operations for Stanford Hotels' group of properties with specific emphasis on building revenue and significantly increasing productivity.

Mr. Guinn can be contacted at 4153983333224 or cguinn@stanfordhotels.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.