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Ms. Hercik

Cecilia Hercik

Founder & President, C-Spa Consulting

Cecilia Hercik brings over 25 years of experience in resort and spa openings, both nationally and internationally, and has an extensive background in spa management and hospitality operations. She has worked for such companies as Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Aveda-Neill Corporation, Waldorf Astoria Resorts and WTS International Spa Consulting Company. A graduate of the Instituto Metropolitano of Lima, Peru and studies and certifications from the Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Florida; Ms. Hercik is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is also certified by the Global College of Natural Medicine as a Nutritionist Consultant. Ms. Hercik started her career working in various management positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Florida and has been with this company for 12 years, eventually becoming their first Executive Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Or-leans. She then spent the next two years as the Corporate Spa Director for Aveda-Neill Corporation overseeing 10 Day Spas before returning back to resort spa operations as the Director of Spa Sales & Operation for Spa Grande at The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. At Spa Grande, Ms. Hercik was responsible for overseeing the 50,000 square foot spa facility with its 200 workers and has been with the company for over 7 years. In September of 2011, she joined WTS International as the Regional Director of Spa Opera-tions for Hawaii responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the award win-ning Kapalua Spa in Maui, a 45,000 square foot Destination Spa, and the Spa at Trump Waikiki Hotel at Oahu, a luxurious Boutique Spa. And now, owner and founder of C-SPA Consulting firm and Managing Partner at Lumeria Crystal Spa located in Lumeria Maui Retreat, Hawaii. Ms. Hercik is a member of the International Spa Association (ISPA) as well as a member and the Board Treasurer for the Hawaii Spa Association (Hi-Spa). She is also a member of Maui's Hui Hoaloha, a dedicated group of successful women who represent a diverse cross section of the community and who continue to impact the lives of others through their philanthropy & Mana'olana Pink Paddlers -Nonprofit Organization against cancer.

Ms. Hercik can be contacted at 808-870-4692 or cecilia@cspaconsulting.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.