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Mr. Waddell

Michael Waddell

Managing Director, INTEGRITYOne Partners

Michael Waddell began his career preparation by excelling at George Mason University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. While working on his degree, he envisioned a professional services firm that would deliver superior business and IT solutions to clients in key industries with unparalleled integrity. A key differentiator of this organization would be providing consulting professionals challenging work as well as support to successfully pursue their own professional, family, and community goals. INTEGRITYOne Partners is the realization of this vision. Understanding that first-hand experience was vital to his success, Waddell spent five years with Ideas Commercial Systems, a high-tech software development and support company. As a key contributor to the organization, he gained deep functional experience in system architecture, software development lifecycles, testing, and quality assurance. Waddell was selected to spend several months with a high-profile customer, Microsoft, to institute program management standards, solution delivery processes and service level agreements to create "true" performance standards. Waddell was later recruited to join a consulting firm specializing in telecommunications. His responsibilities included the design, implementation, and management of multi-tiered applications, including budgetary and timeline development responsibilities, as well as performance refinement and flow analysis. Working with MCI and other telecommunication leaders, Waddell enhanced the programmatic, budgetary, and business disciplines he developed earlier in his career. In 1995, Waddell founded Prizum, an IT solutions provider. Initially focused solely on the hospitality and leisure industry, Waddell applied his first-hand knowledge of how systems enable operations and, ultimately, a rich guest experience to the development and integration of hospitality enterprise architectures. He also met customers' needs in the areas of software product evaluation, automation of functional testing, and through the development of a simplified workflow system created to more efficiently manage and track system rollouts at the enterprise level. In 2000, Waddell partnered with Michael Stabolepszy to found INTEGRITYOne Partners, expanding on Prizum's focus areas and building the company to reflect these changes. This expansion includes strategically building trusted relationships and delivering an integrated set of business consulting, technology solutions, and innovation research and development services to hospitality, government, and financial services enterprises. Waddell^aEURTMs rich and varied experience allows him to ensure that clients' technical and business requirements are met, while also providing manageable work-life balance for the INTEGRITYOne team, which is enjoying its sixth year in operation. For more information, visit www.ionep.com. Waddell lives in Falls Church, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. He is active in professional and community organizations, including Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Hotel Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP), Open Travel Alliance (OTA), the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, and Toys for Tots.

Mr. Waddell can be contacted at michael.waddell@ionep.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.