We’re back . . . With the incredibly busy and challenging past four weeks behind us, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Diana Shukis, Ryan McFarland, Michael Brunet, Ruth Walters and I have joined the team of attorneys at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. Effective November 1, 2011, our hospitality team joined Garvey Schubert Barer to launch Garvey Schubert Barer’s new Hospitality, Travel and Tourism practice.
Until recently, it had never occurred to me that a blog could be used as an effective means of sharing ideas and thoughts with clients, friends and industry colleagues on a variety of topics -- some as simple as a great food and beverage concept found while traveling in Wyoming (more on this later). Now, having read -- and personally and professionally benefitted from -- dozens of blogs and other new forms of electronic communication, I am excited by the prospect of preparing my first blog entry.
What this blog becomes over the course of the next weeks, months or years is unknown. What I hope it becomes is a community of hospitality industry colleagues sharing ideas and thoughts on hospitality related topics - some legal, some not. Although the title of the blog would seem to indicate that I'm the driver behind this, we plan to feature entries from a number of our firm's Hospitality, Travel & Tourism team members as well as other industry consultants and professionals with whom we work regularly.
With that, I say "welcome!" I hope you find this blog useful, informative, practical and fun and that you participate often. Participation by as many industry members as possible will be critical to the blog's success.
Finally, for those of you wondering who I am, I encourage each of you to take a look at our firm website, the description of our Food, Beverage and Hospitality Group and the bios of our hospitality team members.
I look forward to touching base again soon.
Greg Duff, Editor
Greg Duff founded and chairs GSB’s national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism group. His practice largely focuses on operations-oriented matters faced by hospitality industry members, including sales and marketing, distribution and e-commerce, procurement and technology. Greg also serves as counsel and legal advisor to many of the hospitality industry’s associations and trade groups, including AH&LA, HFTP and HSMAI.