Struggling to Provide Southern Hospitality: H-2B and J-1 Visa Issues and Answers for Private Clubs with Winter Seasons (Florida, Texas, the Southwest, and others)

Recorded On: 03/08/2018

Hospitality organizations in Florida, Texas, the Southwest and other winter-season locations have been increasingly turning to foreign nationals to staff for their busy times of year with J-1 and H-2B visas. In recent months, there has been much discussion by the administration about J-1 visas whether the government will end J-1 visas for the hospitality industry altogether. On the H-2B visa end, there has been a recent uptick in denials for hospitality organizations around the United States. These issues, combined with low unemployment, have left many hospitality organizations scrambling to find qualified and reliable staff.  

 Attorney Keith Pabian will present on best practices and tips for private clubs to make H-2B visa petitions a stress-free option that can turn your staffing troubles into a great staffing strategy. This webinar will also discuss visa options for clubs, with an eye toward understanding what the future will hold for these programs under the Trump administration. Pabian will also discuss generally the current developments in immigration law.

Joe Trauger

Vice President, Government Relations, National Club Association

In April of 2019 Joe Trauger joined NCA as Vice President of Government Relations. Joe lead’s NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

 As an experienced government relations professional with many legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues. Joe also has excellent perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

 He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

 Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in charity and purse tournaments and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap. He is married with two lovely daughters. 

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