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Ms. Simeone

Lisa Simeone

Owner, Simeone Deary Design Group

Lisa Simeone founded Simeone Deary Design Group with Gina Deary in 2002, stepping outside traditional bounds to build an interior design firm that prioritizes the creative process and inspired collaboration with clients. With more than 30 years of experience positioning lifestyle and hospitality brands in the global marketplace, Simeone is renowned worldwide for delivering high-end luxury and forward-thinking authenticity through experiential design.

As an industry leader, Ms. Simeone is sought out to direct the design trajectory of highly-visible and well-known brands such as Aparium Hotel Group, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Oxford Capital Group, Universal Studios and White Lodging among others. Ms. Simeone has led the conceptualization and design direction of luxury hotels, landmark and adaptive reuse projects as well as new builds. Her expansive portfolio includes not only brands, but boutique and celebrity projects in North America, Europe and Asia.

Since the year of its founding, Simeone Deary's excellence has been praised and recognized for their interior design work as well as their branding expertise, receiving the prestigious Communication Arts Award, Hospitality Design Awards, the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design and the Contract Interiors Awards. Central to this success is Ms. Simeone's commitment to a collaborative company culture and a passion for developing her staff of more than 50 interior designers.

Simeone Deary Design Group, established in 2002 by Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary, is an award-winning interior design firm with a distinct artistic perspective to create provocative spaces evoking imagination and conversation. From conceptual design and interior architecture through graphics and branding, Simeone Deary's involvement in a project goes well beyond design. 

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

Ms. Simeone can be contacted at 312-274-0606 or lisa.simeone@simeonedeary.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.