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Mr. Di Stanisloa

Bill Di Stanisloa

Founder & Principal, GreenSpa 101 LLC

Bill Di Stanisloa brings with him more than 22 years of personal and professional experience in the field of Holistic Health and Nutrition and 30 years in the business world including hospitality, property management, spa and salon development and operations. Mr. Di Stanisloa has also led a global product portfolio bringing customers together during the dot.com era. He has served director roles for a multitude of positions which include committee member of resort operations at Amelia Island Plantation Resort, its' Holistic Spa and Salon and the Resort Green Program. The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation was recognized and awarded the “Top Salons and Spas in 2008” by Jacksonville Magazine. Mr. Di Stanisloa received a fine arts scholarship out of high school but did not stop there, after engaging in a multitude of employment interests he eventually held lead positions in businesses defined as hospitality, property management and real estate while continuing his education in Cosmetology, Massage, Skin Care and Holistic Healing. He knew that it would be necessary to visually serve as a role model for success for others in the above vocations so he enrolled in evening classes for film and video, stage, producing and directing which resulted in many live conferences titled as Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Di Stanisloa's experience through-out the years also led him into executive management consulting domestically and globally for an on-line portfolio of wellness products and services in the beginning of the dot COM era. Committed to the environment and all living things; Mr. Di Stanisloa originally established GreenSpa101 to serve as an educational vessel assisting companies and organizations choosing to go "Green". He brings with him over 20 years of successful project management. As a dynamic and passionate Public Speaker he has steered many for-profit and non-profit entities toward the improvement and creation of environmentally friendly initiatives which includes reformulation of products and target marketing. Mr. Di Stanisloa has actively served on a number of 501C3 boards such as the Advisory Board for Florida State College, The Heritage Institute, YMCA First Coast, Corporate Volunteer Council, NE Florida Music Conservatory and The Sustainability Institute, all located in his region of North Florida. His current board and member positions include the United States Green Building Council for North Florida and State of Florida Green Lodging Program. Supporting organizations like the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Ocean Conservancy all representing animal rights and planet protection are understood by Bill Di Stanisloa. As a Public Speaker, Mr. Di Stanisloa serves as a role model of passion and direction for positive change to all audiences in environmental awareness. In his role as Green Team leader at Amelia Island, he “ramped up” the work in "Green Lodging" resulting in the one of the largest - and quickest - "Green" certifications for any 4-Diamond resort in Florida. As such, Mr. Di Stanisloa proposed the first Green Lodging Mentor Program in the state. Mr. Di Stanisloa is also writing an inspirational book which will share his successes throughout his life including how he overcame professional and personal adversities.

Mr. Di Stanisloa can be contacted at 904-879-9203 or Bill@GreenSpa101.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.