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Ms. Perrotta

Nicole Perrotta

Professional Trainer, Transformation Associates

As a conflict transformation and emotional intelligence expert, Nicole Perrotta speaks, coaches, and trains leaders who yearn to bring out the best in themselves and their teams. The practice of conflict transformation is a new and emerging concept in the public and corporate sector; however, it has been used by ombudsmen, mediators and alternative dispute resolution(ADR) practitioners for many years to bring peace to the world. The values, tools and practices used in the ADR circle to create peace in the world have been adapted by Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC (CTA) for the business world. Organizations that embrace this philosophy foster a culture of collaboration in the midst of differing points of view. This culture nurtures an engaged, empowered and highly productive workforce that generates an improved bottom line. Ms.Perrotta attributes much of her success in business to the lessons she learned early while working in the service industry to pay for college. It was in the midst of the chaos of meeting establishment standards, creating a great customer experience and building consensus amongst co-workers with differing points of view that she realized she needed to continuously develop and improve her ability to communicate effectively and respectfully. After graduating from the University of Texas' McComb's School of Business, she embarked on a successful sales career as an account executive, opening US markets for an upstart European beverage company establishing its product's foothold in American stores. With dedication, effective communication and tireless salesmanship, Ms.Perrotta was a driving force behind Red Bull, N.A.'s dominant position in the North American energy drink market. After moving to the telecommunications industry, she established herself as a top sales performer with AT&T, crafting the message and value prop that AT&T used to land one of their first enterprise hosting sales. Ms.Perrotta began managing complex solutions sales to some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500 like Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Geico. Now she's combining Fortune 500 best practices with Emotional Intelligence skills and Conflict Transformation tools, bringing a unique, fun and powerful approach to leading teams with heart and wisdom.

Ms. Perrotta can be contacted at 703-216-5746 or nicole@transformationllc.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.