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Ms. Barnes-Hogg

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg

Founder, YOLO Insights

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg is a serial connector of small businesses with their ideal employees. She first discovered this talent as a teenager when she helped her high school classmates find summer jobs. Her career in corporate America encompassed all facets of business. Ms. Barnes-Hogg recognized early on that at the center of every business is its people. Throughout her career, Ms. Barnes-Hogg excelled at putting the right people in the right positions to make things happen. In 2011, she founded YOLO Insights® to make sure that no small business is held back because they are unable to find the talented people they need. Her passion for hunting purple unicorns (or in real life words, ideal employees) shows in the transformations she helps organizations achieve. She especially enjoys helping businesses create recruiting strategies to ensure the best cultural fit so they can hire confidently, with more clarity, and know they are making the right hiring decisions for their business.

Ms. Barnes-Hogg is the author of The YOLO Principle: The Ultimate Hiring Guide for Small Business and a coauthor of Rethinking Human Resources. Ms. Barnes-Hogg's recruiting insights have been featured in Forbes, Inc., Business News Daily, U.S. News & World Report, CBS Small Business Pulse, MarketWatch, Hotel Executive, and HR Magazine.

Ms. Barnes-Hogg holds a master's degree in human resources management and a bachelor's in business management. She holds the HR Certification Institute's Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and the Society for Human Resource Management's Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.

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

Ms. Barnes-Hogg can be contacted at 843-779-9656 or rebecca@yoloinsights.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.