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Mr. McAvoy

Jim McAvoy

Founder & President, JWMcAvoy & Company Ltd.

Jim McAvoy founded JWMcAvoy & Company Ltd. in 2004. He has spent over 20 years accumulating diverse business experiences in business development, marketing and selling roles within the healthcare/managed care, financial services, learning/consulting and online market research industries. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. McAvoy was a Director of Sales at Communispace Corporation, a Boston based, online market research company founded in 1999. Mr. McAvoy worked closely with the senior management team and reported directly to the President and CEO. He helped create and shape sales strategy within an emerging market and sold to senior decision makers at Fortune 100 companies. In 1993 he joined The Forum Corporation, a global leader in workplace learning. While working out of their Manhattan office, he created and marketed a business development process that generated “significant” revenue for the firm's Eastern Division for seven years. Before working at The Forum Corporation, Mr. McAvoy was a sales executive from 1987 to 1993 with Aetna's Employee Benefits Division, specializing in the field of group indemnity & managed care and the marketing of 401k plans. Mr. McAvoy holds a BA in Economics & History from The College of William & Mary. He also attained the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation which is a partnership of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. McAvoy can be contacted at 610-374-2443 or jim@mcavoyleads.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.