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Ms. Hehir

Kim Hehir

VP of Strategic Planning, The Leading Hotels of the World

Kimberly Moffitt Hehir has served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for The Leading Hotels of the World since 2003. Ms. Hehir is responsible for managing the Company's joint ventures and ancillary businesses and acting as a liaison between each department within Leading Hotels of the World to ensure that all goals are consistent with the Company's Strategic Plan. She is also responsible for sourcing and evaluating new business opportunities and implementing those which yield a substantial return on investment, deliver value to the shareholders, enhance member benefits, and will achieve the company's overall goal of becoming an all-inclusive provider of goods and services to the luxury marketplace. Prior to joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Ms. Hehir was a Senior Investment Analyst at Shaffer & Company, which owns and asset manages over $1 billion of luxury hotel properties, many of which are members of Leading Hotels of the World. Prior thereto, Ms. Hehir was the global Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Sonnenblick-Goldman Company, an international real estate investment banking firm averaging US$10 billion in annual transactions. Before joining Sonnenblick-Goldman, Ms. Hehir was the Director of Strategic Marketing for HVS International.

Ms. Hehir can be contacted at 212-515-5630 or khehir@lhw.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.