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Ms. Heyl

Sherry Heyl

Founder & Consultant, Amplified Concepts

Sherry Heyl is an award-winning marketing professional with 10+ years experience using digital media to build brand equity and amplify brand experiences. Since 2005, she has been developing digital marketing strategies, mostly focused on social platforms that enable organizations to integrate new technologies and capabilities with their existing campaigns and business goals.

Ms. Heyl has developed customized individual training tracks to help marketing managers and business owners add social media as a core competency. As the founder of Amplified Concepts, she uses her expertise in strategy development and project management combined with her relationships with some of the smartest freelancers in the digital world to deliver customized solutions and deep expertise to client projects.

From building up hype and attendance for a nonprofit's first 5K run to leading a press tour of Atlanta for over 50 social media influencers from around the world to developing engagement initiatives such as trivia questions and games, Ms. Heyl has developed, managed and been hands-on with numerous campaigns both large and small.

Ms. Heyl has been involved in many notable projects including: Social Influencers Travel Summit (was developed in partnership with the Atlanta Convention Visitors Bureau to bring together 50+ Influencers from around the world for workshops delivered by their peers combined with a press tour of the city). This event yielded over 93 million impressions and was recognized by AiMA best of Atlanta, PR Daily's Digital PR & Social Media Awards in the category of Digital and Social Media for Brand Awareness

The team also received recognition by PR Daily's Social Media Awards in the category of Best Community Engagement for Pullman Paris Press Tour focused on telling to story of the renovations of the Pullman hotels to the North American Market.

Ms. Heyl can be contacted at 404-386-9801 or sherry@amplifiedconcepts.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.