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Mr. White

Derek White

President, Interactive & Media Networks, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation

As President, Interactive & Media Networks, of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (NASD: LNET), Derek White is responsible for all of LodgeNet's guest merchandising and marketing as well as revenues generated both from in-room entertainment sales and third-party sponsorships. The role expands Mr. White's responsibilities beyond his former role as President of The Hotel Networks (THN), which LodgeNet acquired in 2008. Mr. White joined the company in February 2008 after serving as Executive Vice President of Alloy, Inc., one of the country's largest providers of targeted media and marketing services. Mr. White brings a track record of more than two decades building high performance teams and businesses. While at Alloy, Mr. White oversaw corporate development and general management of the company's out-of-home, sampling and promotions business units. He originally served as the architect and managing executive responsible for Alloy's $200 million media and marketing division employing more than 700 people, overseeing multiple companies and business groups including AMP Agency (named the 2004 Promotion Agency of the Year by PROMO Magazine). Prior to joining Alloy, Mr. White was the President of 360 Youth Corporation (later acquired by Alloy), and served as Executive Vice President of MarketSource Corporation, where he founded and led the development of its Internet and interactive business. He also held roles as President of Graphic Connexions, Inc., a creative agency, and Director for Computerware, Inc.

Mr. White can be contacted at 215-504-5552 or dwhite@lodgenet.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.