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Mr. Schmits

Jerry Schmits

Director, KLH Energy Solutions

Jerry Schmits is Director of KLH Energy Solutions, and leads strategy for revenue growth, client expansion, and product marketing. A career energy and environmental management professional, Schmits has worked hand-in-hand with a broad range of energy and utility management consulting organizations, with specific expertise in emerging and startup ventures. Previously Mr. Schmits worked for national commercial real estate services company CBRE Group, Inc., where he managed business development activities for the global energy services group in several regions across North America. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Schmits was Director of Product Marketing for Cadence Network, Inc., where he oversaw product development, marketing, and technical sales support. At Cadence Network he developed a line of energy sustainability services to equip companies with tools to efficiently measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to his product marketing and business development success, Mr. Schmits has nearly a decade of experience in utility consulting, including various roles at one of North America's largest energy companies, Cinergy Corporation (currently Duke Energy). He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Thomas More College.

Mr. Schmits can be contacted at 859-547-0220 or jschmits@klhengrs.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.