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Mr. Walter

Todd Walter

Chief Executive Officer, Red Door Spa Holdings

Mr. Todd Walter has been with Red Door Spa Holdings since July 2005, holding the positions of EVP & CFO, before being elevated to COO in March 2006 and ultimately to his appointment as CEO in October 2006. He has over fourteen years of financial restructuring and turnaround management experience. Prior to joining Red Door, Mr. Walter provided both financial and senior operating leadership to struggling companies in varied positions including: CFO and acting COO of Naked Juice, a privately-held, premium beverage company distributing through grocery store and mass-merchant retailers; CFO of Cluett American Corp. and Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc., a branded apparel manufacturing and distribution company whose trademarks included Gold Toe Socks and Arrow dress shirts and sportswear; acting Vice President of Operations for MobileMedia Corporation, the nations then second largest paging and mobile telecommunications company; and Treasurer of a private, post-secondary education company. Mr. Walter is an alumnus of Alvarez & Marsal, Inc., one of the country's leading turnaround management firms. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Walter spent seven years in the commercial lending and workout field. He was a Vice President in Chemical Bank's Special Loan Group, where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of problem loans, and prior to that, he was a commercial loan officer for National Westminster Bank, USA.

Mr. Walter can be contacted at 203-905-1779 or twalter@rdspas.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.