Editorial Board   

Ms. Payne

Anne Payne

CEO, BeDynamic

Anne Payne is CEO and co-founder for BeDynamic, a Bellevue, Wash.-based digital content management company that provides timely destination information sought by the travel industry. Anne leverages a comprehensive information management background with expertise in business development, project management, and sales to drive BeDynamic's business strategy. Prior to co-founding BeDynamic, Anne spent more than a decade at Nordstrom Inc., where she served in a variety of roles ranging from sales to leading the development of business systems that would improve the customer experience. Recognizing the need for service-driven businesses to better connect with their customers, BeDynamic was launched in March 2000 to leverage the best in technology, quality information, and service with the need for organizations to build meaningful relationships with customers.

Ms. Payne can be contacted at 425-641-0725 or annep@bedynamic.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.