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Mr. Bell

Rollin Bell

Founder / CEO, PCM Construction

Rollin Bell is the founder and CEO of PCM Construction, a fast growing full service general contractor serving hospitality clients in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Originally created as a facility maintenance company offering: concrete/asphalt repair, masonry restoration, painting/wall covering and flooring services, PCM has blossomed into a full service general contractor providing interior construction and other design/build services. Today, PCM is among the region's premier full service providers of facilities maintenance and general contracting. PCM has earned a reputation among property owners and managers for its responsiveness and ability to consistently exceed client expectations. PCM has provided services to more than 500 clients in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. Mr. Bell is a 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and serves on the board of BAPS Imagination Stage, an organization committed to making the arts accessible to all children regardless of their physical, cognitive or financial status. He is also a contributor to several charitable organizations including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When not spending time with his wife and children, Mr. Bell competes in triathlons and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Mr. Bell can be contacted at 301-595-3700 or rbell@pcmgc.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.