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Ms. McKeon

Heather McKeon

Interior Design/Studio Director, The Kraemer Group

In 2005 Heather McKeon published a list of personal goals that included the goal to join an Architectural and Design firm that was revitalizing the city of Detroit. Ms. Mckeon realized that goal that same year she joined Kraemer Design Group after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Anderson University in South Carolina. Professional goals have driven Ms. Mckeon over the years to complete her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and transition into the Director position of the Interior Design team. As the Director of Interiors she is responsible for the all facets of the Professional Interior Design services the firm offers including interior design and procurement services. As the Director of Interiors she plays a lead role in attracting new clients, developing design concepts and collaborating with others to deliver solutions consistent with the client organization's culture, goals and budget. Ms. McKeon leads a team of designers and project managers that speak the language of the client in a meaningful and insightful manner and work to integrate interior, architectural and graphic design into a cohesive solution. Her collective team, comprised of about fifty percent of the professional staff of the firm. It is responsible for development of functional and aesthetic design that helps boost productivity, increase sales, attract customers, or to enhance the living space of the interior of hospitality project, and for multi-family residential and commercial buildings based on client needs.

Ms. McKeon can be contacted at 313-965-3399 or heather@thekraemeredge.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.