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Ms. Wiesenfeld

Nancy Wiesenfeld

Vice Presidentt of Strategic Accounts, iPerceptions

Nancy Wiesenfeld is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts at iPerceptions and is responsible for overall account management, growth, and retention. Managing a team of Strategic Account Managers, she ensures that deep, strategic relationships are developed with our top customers and that iPerceptions' brand footprint is expanded through existing customer networks. Previously, she was Director of Insight where she was responsible for supervising deliverables for all analysis projects in addition to directly managing clients in the Hospitality sector. She joined iPerceptions in 2005 after 15 years in the market research and advertising industries. Beginning her career at Tandemar Research (now iPSOS ASI), Ms. Wiesenfeld was a Data Specialist where her focus was on data synthesis and analysis. Her position grew to Manager of the Data Specialist team, where she oversaw daily operations of the group. In 1997, she joined Research One International, a market research company specializing in pharmaceutical market research. Having a strong base knowledge of data structure and analysis, she worked as a Project Manager - and ultimately Senior Project Manager, where she managed several qualitative and quantitative research projects and provided actionable recommendations in support of brand growth for companies including Pfizer, Merck Frosst, Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. Having an interest in seeing “another side of the marketing coin”, Ms. Wiesenfeld joined the advertising agency Publicis in 2002 as an Account Director focusing on consumer packaged goods and government policy clients in the healthcare sector. She was involved with the development and success of digital and non-digital communications as well as multi-channel planning, and developed differentiating brand strategies and tactical programs. Offering a rare blend of analytical and relationship-building skills, Ms. Wiesenfeld has achieved exciting company and research turnarounds and is recognized for her success in fostering productivity and team building, as well as her ability to analyze customer data and turn it into actionable client insight.

Ms. Wiesenfeld can be contacted at 877-796-3600 or nwiesenfeld@iperceptions.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.