I am often asked why a company should hire Bleser & Associates and not a CPA firm. The short is answer is they don’t have the experience or knowledge of the hospitality industry that I do. Below is a detailed account of my experience and how I was able to gather so much knowledge without having worked for a big auditing firm.
In the past 13 years David Bleser, has become a leading hospitality industry expert specializing in internal controls, fraud and data privacy. During this time he has conducted over 1000 hotel specific audits. This was accomplished by having been mentored by someone who already had over 20 years of hotel internal audit and fraud examination experience when David joined Hospitality Safeguards, Inc. The name of this individual is Earl Bleser.
In 1974 Earl Bleser was hired by Mr. Howard Johnson to create a risk management department for Howard Johnson’s Hotels and Restaurants. This included creating the internal audit department. At that time very few hotel companies had an internal audit department. His responsibilities required him to create and continually update the internal audit used by Howard Johnson’s Hotels and Restaurants. He performed these functions for the next 11 years. In the late 1970’s Howard Johnson had over 500 hotels and 1000 restaurants.
In 1985 Howard Johnson’s was sold to Marriott. For 2 years Earl was responsible for the internal audit program for the restaurant division of Marriott.
In 1987 Earl left Marriott and started his own company, Hospitality Safeguards, Inc. Hospitality Safeguards, Inc. quickly became a recognized leader in providing internal audits and fraud examinations for the hospitality industry. For the next 21 years he provided internal audits, fraud examinations and forensic audits to companies such as Servico, Host Marriott, Hyatt Hotels, Franchise Associates, Lend Lease, Crimii Mae, and Boykin Management just to name a few.
For 10 years David Bleser, was fortunate to have been mentored by an individual who conducted thousands of internal audits for the hospitality industry. It was due to the knowledge and experience gained over this time period that has enabled Bleser & Associates, LLC to become a recognized leader in providing internal audits, fraud examinations and PCI compliance assistance to the hospitality industry.