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Mr. Ely

David Ely

President, CEO, Energy Design Service Systems

After more than three decades in the lighting design and supply industry, David E. Ely founded Energy Design Services Systems (EDSS) in 2007. Originally headed to a creative arts college, with dreams for a career with Disney, David forged a new path in the lighting industry as he made the sacrifice to follow in his father’s footsteps, who had fallen ill. Mr. Ely quickly found himself exceeding expectations, establishing lighting customers and unique designs for companies such as Taco Bell, Ford (World Headquarters), Detroit’s Cobo Hall, AutoNation, Mercedes-Benz Autohaus green concept, and a part of the winning team in the International Store Design Competition for the Nalley Lexus Galleria. Eventually, David’s innovative methods lead him to uncover a new industry to provide new incentive programs to his clients, through efficient and sustainable building practices. Recognizing the vital importance these incentives had on his clients as well as the application across industries, David ventured off on his own to manifest his vision of the EDSS business model. While established through Mr. Ely’s passion, creativity, and attention to detail, EDSS is the cultivation of expertise that has propelled it to become a national authority on commercial energy efficiency. The EDSS team encompasses fourteen (14) national offices boasting a diverse group of professional backgrounds including Professional Engineering, Architecture, Interior and Lighting Design, IT and Database Management, Accounting, Law and Legislation, and Professional Grant Writing, with formal education from University of Michigan, Oxford, and Illinois Institute of Technology to name a few. The EDSS team extends beyond the office through our executive board of community leaders, university chairs, political offices, and Fortune 500 company executives. Although Mr. Ely does not define himself by his professional success alone, EDSS has excelled landing a position with INC. Magazine’s Fastest Growing 500|5000 Companies List, and has recently been featured on 21st Century Business’ Television Series Energy Efficiency Solutions for Commercial Environments. EDSS’ success is a direct reflection of David Ely’s vision, values, and passion for creative & energy efficient lighting for clientele.

Mr. Ely can be contacted at 810-227-3377 or davidely@msn.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.