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Mr. Pedersen

Glenn Pedersen

President, Encore Enterprises

Glenn Pedersen began his career as President of Pineapple Management Services in 1994. His responsibilities were to oversee hotel development, construction, design and management, including contract negotiations, guest and employee satisfaction, capital expenditure planning, budgeting and the day-to-day operations of all hotels. Mr. Pedersen has been involved in the hotel industry for over 34 years, starting out his career as a Front Office Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976. Mr. Pedersen began working for Marriott International in 1980 where he was assigned to the New Orleans Marriott full service hotel. After 4 years in the full service hotel Division he opened his first Marriott hotel in Columbus, Georgia, which produced $2.5 million dollars in annual sales in the first year. Mr. Pedersen was later promoted to the Marriott Corporation/Courtyard Division Regional Director of rooms in 1987, where, during the course of 14 months, oversaw the opening of 25 hotels. In November of 1987, Mr. Pedersen was promoted again to Regional Manager of the Courtyard/Fairfield Inn division in Georgia and Alabama, where he supervised the complete strategic and operational responsibility of 29 Courtyard and Fairfield Inns, representing over $75 million dollars in sales. At that time, Mr. Pedersen achieved the highest market share and yield goals in the Southeastern United States, and was one out of only four managers to qualify for Courtyard Division Achievement Forum recognition program in seven-out-of-seven years. Mr. Pedersen is certified in the SRI-Applicant Selector process.

Mr. Pedersen can be contacted at 214-259-7018 or gpedersen@encore.bz

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.