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Ms. Prestia

Maryann Prestia

Vice President & Hospitality Program Manager, Distinguished Programs

As the vice president and hospitality program manager for Distinguished Programs, Maryann Prestia is responsible for leading and overseeing the primary lines underwriting team for its hospitality, historic properties and cyber liability programs. In addition, Maryann assists with the development and expansion of Distinguished Programs' real estate and hospitality products.

An experienced insurance professional with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Ms. Prestia joined Distinguished Programs in 2018 after serving as vice president of insurance operations for a member-owned program facility serving luxury resorts and hotels. In this role, she led operations including claims and risk management for approximately 130 private resorts, most with different owners, connecting them with security professionals and providing webinars and other educational training resources.

Ms. Prestia began her insurance career as an underwriter, earning positions of increasing responsibility and eventually management roles. Although she now specializes in the hospitality space, she has experience in a variety of insurance sectors, from professional liability coverage for doctors and attorneys to risk management for fire departments and ambulance rescue squads.

Ms. Prestia broadened her insurance experience at Berkeley Mid-Atlantic Group, where she spent nearly 11 years handling the managerial and corporate end of underwriting, rather than day-to-day underwriting tasks. It was during this time that she began to specialize in hospitality insurance, which played a role in her position at Distinguished Programs today.

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in business, Ms. Prestia is based in Richmond, Virginia. She often works from Distinguished Programs' Bellevue, Washington location.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryann-prestia-5110a728/

Ms. Prestia can be contacted at +1 425-213-5184 or mprestia@distinguished.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.