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Mr. Di Stanisloa

Bill Di Stanisloa

Founder & Principal, GreenSpa 101 LLC

Bill Di Stanisloa brings with him more than 22 years of personal and professional experience in the field of Holistic Health and Nutrition and 30 years in the business world including hospitality, property management, spa and salon development and operations. Mr. Di Stanisloa has also led a global product portfolio bringing customers together during the dot.com era. He has served director roles for a multitude of positions which include committee member of resort operations at Amelia Island Plantation Resort, its' Holistic Spa and Salon and the Resort Green Program. The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation was recognized and awarded the “Top Salons and Spas in 2008” by Jacksonville Magazine. Mr. Di Stanisloa received a fine arts scholarship out of high school but did not stop there, after engaging in a multitude of employment interests he eventually held lead positions in businesses defined as hospitality, property management and real estate while continuing his education in Cosmetology, Massage, Skin Care and Holistic Healing. He knew that it would be necessary to visually serve as a role model for success for others in the above vocations so he enrolled in evening classes for film and video, stage, producing and directing which resulted in many live conferences titled as Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Di Stanisloa's experience through-out the years also led him into executive management consulting domestically and globally for an on-line portfolio of wellness products and services in the beginning of the dot COM era. Committed to the environment and all living things; Mr. Di Stanisloa originally established GreenSpa101 to serve as an educational vessel assisting companies and organizations choosing to go "Green". He brings with him over 20 years of successful project management. As a dynamic and passionate Public Speaker he has steered many for-profit and non-profit entities toward the improvement and creation of environmentally friendly initiatives which includes reformulation of products and target marketing. Mr. Di Stanisloa has actively served on a number of 501C3 boards such as the Advisory Board for Florida State College, The Heritage Institute, YMCA First Coast, Corporate Volunteer Council, NE Florida Music Conservatory and The Sustainability Institute, all located in his region of North Florida. His current board and member positions include the United States Green Building Council for North Florida and State of Florida Green Lodging Program. Supporting organizations like the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Ocean Conservancy all representing animal rights and planet protection are understood by Bill Di Stanisloa. As a Public Speaker, Mr. Di Stanisloa serves as a role model of passion and direction for positive change to all audiences in environmental awareness. In his role as Green Team leader at Amelia Island, he “ramped up” the work in "Green Lodging" resulting in the one of the largest - and quickest - "Green" certifications for any 4-Diamond resort in Florida. As such, Mr. Di Stanisloa proposed the first Green Lodging Mentor Program in the state. Mr. Di Stanisloa is also writing an inspirational book which will share his successes throughout his life including how he overcame professional and personal adversities.

Mr. Di Stanisloa can be contacted at 904-879-9203 or Bill@GreenSpa101.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.