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I am author of Hospitality Law and coauthor of Restaurant Law Basics, an attorney, and the founder of HospitalityLawyer.com and the annual Hospitality Law Conference series. As a professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston, I teach courses in hospitality law and leadership. I have over twenty years of experience in hospitality operations, including line positions, management, and ownership.
I am a member of the State Bar of Texas. I am also a mediator and a strong proponent for alternative dispute resolution.
My articles on legal and leadership issues appear regularly in Lodging Hospitality, Club Management, GlobalChefs.com, National Hotel Executive, and HospitalityLawyer.com. I speak regularly on many issues for the National Restaurant Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Club Managers Association, the National Association of Catering Executives, National Business Travel Association, the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, CHEERS, and many other hospitality associations and hospitality management companies, including Four Seasons, Hyatt, Hilton, Choice, Best Western Hotels, Intercontinental and Wyndham Worldwide.
My presentations focus on positive leadership techniques and methods for preventing liability in the hospitality industry. I assisted the National Restaurant Association in developing its Safety and Security Seminar and its Responsible Service of Alcohol program.
I am a member of a select group of instructors worldwide designated by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association to teach its Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) program.
In 2000 I received the University of Houston’s Distance Education Award. In 2001 I launched HospitalityLawyer.com. In 2002 I initiated the Annual Hospitality Law conference series. In 2003 I launched the Electronic Journal of Hospitality Legal, Safety and Security Research. In 2007 I was the recipient of the Hilton College Outstanding Teacher award.
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