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Ms. Bulls Dixon

Gayle Bulls Dixon

Owner/Founder, Breathe Spa Management Company

As a former Fortune 100 executive, leadership consultant and entrepreneur, Gayle Bulls Dixon's business acumen and wellness philosophy find an uncommon melding in the Breathe Spa concept, which she created in 2002. Already a partner in Dixon Entities, which owns and manages real estate investments including the Daufuskie Island Resort & Breathe Spa off the coast of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Ms. Dixon was perplexed to find a lack of qualified spa management companies that satisfied her requirements for service, partnership, vision and profitability. Shortly after opening the Breathe Spa at the exclusive Daufuskie Island Resort, Ms. Dixon began receiving requests for spa management assistance from other resort owners. "It became apparent that there was significant interest in the Breathe Spa concept, as well as in a spa management company that focused on both impeccable service and profitability," she says. "I created Breathe Spa Management Company (BSMC), which is a full-service destination spa and spa management company because the market led me to do so. It is successful because I have both the financial and management background to lead the team that I have assembled, consisting of great leaders with direct experience managing upscale spas." Ms. Dixon's professional background includes executive level positions in the U.S., London and Venezuela with international corporations like AT&T, IBM and Qwest. She also founded Learning, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in leadership and corporate reorganizations, in 1996. In addition to the executive roles in BSMC and Dixon Entities, Ms. Dixon presents to and is involved with business and women's organizations, and she recently spoke at the 2004 China-U.S. Women's Leadership Conference in China. She is anticipating the release of her first book in 2005, which examines how women business leaders can best focus their feminine strengths to their advantage in a male-dominated business climate. She also has a television pilot in the works which explores various aspects of increased spirituality. Ms. Dixon received a bachelor's degree in management from California Coast University; a mini-MBA from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneur's Program of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She resides with her husband Bill in the San Francisco Bay area.

Ms. Bulls Dixon can be contacted at 415-789-5224 or gayledixon@dixonentities.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.