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Ms. Handy

Allison Handy

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Allison Handy is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award winning full service hotel management, investment and advisory services company.

A Partner in the company since 2014, Ms. Handy provides sales and marketing leadership for Prism's portfolio of hotels, and oversees Prism's marketing, public relations and digital marketing program. Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts is one of the most dynamic and successful hotel management companies in the United States. As one of the most experienced operators in the industry, they manage some of the greatest hotels in the country. Prism's experience spans more than 300 premier hotels and luxury resort properties, and they have worked with all leading brands and a number of independent and boutiques hoteliers.

Before joining Prism in August 2007, Ms. Handy spent nearly a decade working for Interstate Hotels & Resorts and MeriStar Hotels & Resorts in various sales capacities, most recently as a Director of Sales and Marketing in San Francisco. During the course of her accomplished career, she has worked closely with such iconic hotel brands as Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, IHG, and Wyndham.

Ms. Handy graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in entrepreneurial studies. In addition, Ms. Handy studied internationally through the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea Program, allowing her to gain valuable experience and perspectives while traveling and studying in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. She currently lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, twin daughters and son. She enjoys traveling, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Please visit http://www.prismhotels.com for more information.

Ms. Handy can be contacted at +1 214-257-1011 or allison.handy@prismhotels.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.