Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Lunn

Walker Lunn

Founder, EnviRelation, LLC

Walker T. Lunn is the founding Member and Manager of EnviRelation, LLC. EnviRelation is the mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of food composting services. EnviRelation helps hotels and restaurants save money on waste disposal by offering affordable, environmentally friendly food composting services. This sustainable alternative to waste management has been widely adopted in the areas serviced by EnviRelation. Mr. Lunn also established composting collection operations in Philadelphia, PA and Atlanta, GA, where EnviRelation was a key player in creating Atlanta’s “Downtown Zero-Waste Zone” in partnership with the Green Foodservice Alliance. Today, EnviRelation’s portfolio of services include emissions quantification, sustainability reporting, food composting and waste vegetable oil collection for the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Mr. Lunn graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has over 10 years of experience in environmental sustainability within the hospitality industry. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and Conservation International. He is active with Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research and is a co-founded the annual Sustainability Roundtable sponsored by the center in 2009. He co-authored the Willard InterContinental’s Annual Sustainability Report. Over the past four years, EnviRelation, LLC has worked with the Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotel groups, Sodexo, University of Maryland, Alexandria City Public School district, area hospitals, and many more customers in an effort to help the hospitality industry reduce its carbon footprint and maintain affordable, sustainable practices throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Lunn frequently speaks on topics pertaining to sustainability, hospitality, composting, and entrepreneurship. As a former president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society, Mr. Lunn has led the chapter in developing fundraisers to finance scholarships to the Hotel School for local students. He has been a member of Cayuga Hospitality Advisors and to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Mr. Lunn lives in Washington, DC with his wife. He is passionate about travel and the outdoors, and is working toward a career to facilitate conservation of the natural environment.

Mr. Lunn can be contacted at 202-465-4802 or info@envirelation.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.