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Ms. Lewis

Rene Lewis

Director of Human Resources , Signature Worldwide

As the director of human resources for Signature Worldwide, Rene Lewis is responsible for talent management, employee relations, workforce planning, change management, company communications, leadership training and strategic organization planning. Ms. Lewis brings nearly 15 years of human resources experience to Signature, with 10 of those years being at the leadership level. She has held manager and director positions while working for such companies as Red Envelope, Orange County California, Gap Inc. and Caterpillar Logistics Services. Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in political science from The Ohio State University. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as well as a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA). As a member of the Society for Human Resource management and the American Society for Training and Development, Ms. Lewis is a frequent speaker at company events and has often worked with clients regarding employee relations programs recognition and progress.

Ms. Lewis can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or renelewis@signatureworldwide.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.