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Mr. Walner

Doug Walner

President & CEO, Psychological Services, Inc.

Doug Walner, PSI's President and Chief Executive Officer, drives the strategic goals and day-to-day operations of the Company. With nearly fifteen years of professional experience and significant executive expertise in the technology sector, having led a variety of marketing and business and product development functions for industry-leading technology players, Walner was appointed President in 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of PSI in 2005. Under his leadership, PSI has fortified its market leadership position in the testing space by developing and introducing ATLASTM, a cutting-edge technology platform to provide comprehensive examination administration services, as well as web-based pre-employment selection products and management assessment tools in the enterprise space. PSI has also experienced record revenue and profitability growth during his tenure. Walner received his Bachelor or Arts degree in History from Tulane University.

Mr. Walner can be contacted at 818-847-6180 or doug@psionline.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.