Editorial Board   

Mr. Burchard

Shaun Burchard

President, Meridian Hospitality Group, Inc.

Shaun Burchard, a hotel professional since 1986 and a Certified Hotel Administrator, is President and Operating Partner of Meridian Hospitality Group, Inc., a hotel performance company delivering superior hotel results since its formation in 2004. Mr. Burchard and his partners at MHG have built the company from a single distressed hotel to operating more than 26 hotels across the country including brands with Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Choice, and Best Western. Meridian Hospitality Group is successful as a result of its entrepreneurial approach and a relentless commitment to outperforming the competition at every opportunity. Meridian Hospitality Group is built on the principles of smart hard work, objective measurement of meaningful metrics and developing ownership in the outcome at all levels. Originally from New York and now based in the Midwest, Mr. Burchard has spent the last 20+ years building success across the full spectrum of hotels from select service through luxury brands throughout the United States. Mr. Burchard's career, before forming Meridian Hospitality Group, consisted of a balance of positions dedicated to both Operations and Sales & Marketing, allowing him to bring a unique focus and level of expertise to MHG's investment partners and managed properties. Strong beliefs in direct effective communication and transparency in day-to-day decision-making are key drivers in the successful growth of Meridian Hospitality Group.

Mr. Burchard can be contacted at 618-531-5177 or sburchard@shaunburchard.com

Coming up in December 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.