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Mr. Egan

Nathan Egan

Founder & CEO, Freesource

Nathan Egan is the Founder + CEO of Freesource, the global leader in B2B social media information services. Prior to starting Freesource, Mr. Egan and his fellow partners were early day employees at LinkedIn. In his sales role at LinkedIn he quickly understood the need for a business dedicated to B2B social media strategy development and training. The rest is history. Freesource boasts clients such as Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, NYC & Company, Starwood Capital Group, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Baccarat, Key Air, KPMG, AARP, NYC Bar Association, Experian, and Forbes as well as many others. Mr. Egan serves as the Adjunct Professor of “Social Media for Business” for the Executive MBA program at Villanova University. He earned his MBA in Business Technology Optimization from Villanova University and his Bachelor of Science from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. For more information on Mr. Egan please visit his LinkedIn profile or visit the Freesource company website. For business inquiries please email: info@freesourceagency.com

Mr. Egan can be contacted at 267-773-7285 or negan@freesourceagency.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.