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Ms. Asch

Sandy Asch

Principal, Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC

Sandy Asch is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and best selling author of ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way and Excellence at Work: The Six Keys to Inspire Passion in the Workplace. Ms. Asch partners with companies globally to create great places to work that improve bottom line results and generate exponential value for stakeholders. More than 30,000 leaders in 350+ companies in 50 countries and 6 languages have implemented her strategies with sustainable results. In partnership with Ms. Asch and Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC: A defense contractor won the grand prize for workplace excellence by demonstrating an 18% increase in revenue, 78% improvement in profitability, 60% reduction in turnover and 14% improvement in quality in only 24 months. A global oil and gas company successfully navigated a merger and acquisition by establishing a consistent culture and expectations. In 2014, the Latin America division recorded its highest growth in history despite plummeting oil prices. The world famous San Diego Zoo won multiple workplace excellence awards including Healthiest Company of the Year, demonstrating a 10% increase in employee engagement and customer satisfaction and 23% increase in revenue. Clients include global brands such as Pepsi, Ecolab, San Diego Zoo, Harrah's, LPL Financial, Universal Studios, Qualcomm, General Atomics, Morley Builders, Del Monte Foods, La Costa Resort, E&J Gallo Wineries and others. Ms. Asch's presentations are uniquely high-content and high-participation, engaging CEO, HR and leadership audiences around the world in practical discussions, interactive applications and creative exploration to ensure immediate and meaningful application. She holds a masters degree in Organizational Management and has taught graduate classes in Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources.

Ms. Asch can be contacted at 832-491-1738 or sandy@Uexcel.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.