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Mr. Caliendo

Gino Caliendo

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Gino Caliendo has served as the general manager of Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the largest convention hotel between Atlanta and Orlando, since May of 2014. He has more than 33 years of experience in the hotel industry, all with Hyatt hotels and resorts across the U.S., and he most recently served for six years as the general manager at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to Hill Country, Mr. Caliendo served as general manager for the Hyatt Regency Miami, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and Hyatt Regency Deerfield. He also held various other food-and-beverage positions, including opening the resort on Grand Cayman, Grand Hyatt Tampa, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Mr. Caliendo oversees all aspects of hotel operations. As the general manager for the region's largest convention hotel, he works with local convention, tourism and development officials to attract more business to the area. Of special focus for Mr. Caliendo is the hotel's ongoing initiatives to support downtown economic development, positioning the city for future growth. He is also an active supporter of “Hyatt Thrive,” the company's global corporate responsibility initiative, and he has led a number of projects that give back to the local community and residents. Mr. Caliendo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied at Duquesne University. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife of 25 years, Kyla. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, good conversation, fine wine, excellent food, good books, watching movies, fly-fishing, animals and fantasy football.

Please visit http://www.hyatt.com for more information.

Mr. Caliendo can be contacted at 904-588-1234 or gino.caliendo@hyatt.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.