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Mr. Arenas

John Arenas

Chief Executive Officer, Worktopia

A recognized authority on flexible workplace strategies and a founder of Worktopia, John Arenas brings to the innovative company more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate. For 12 years of that time, he was involved in developing and operating business centers and globally marketing work mobility products. For the past 15 years, Mr. Arenas has been involved in helping to make companies operationally automated through software development. As chairman and CEO of STRATIS Business Center, Inc., Mr. Arenas brought the company from start up in 1997 to a successful merger with Regus Business Centres (RGU: London Stock Exchange) in which first round STRATIS investors realized an eight-fold return. Prior experience also includes tenure as a commercial real estate lender for Citigroup, and project engineer for Turner Corporation. Mr. Arenas holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Worktopia, Inc. is the global leader in On-Demand Workspace procurement services with over 1,000 workspace venues in 50 countries, including short meeting space, term office space and virtual offices on demand. For more information visit www.worktopia.com

Mr. Arenas can be contacted at 914-468-0812 or john.arenas@worktopia.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.