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Mr. Ely

David Ely

President, CEO, Energy Design Service Systems

After more than three decades in the lighting design and supply industry, David E. Ely founded Energy Design Services Systems (EDSS) in 2007. Originally headed to a creative arts college, with dreams for a career with Disney, David forged a new path in the lighting industry as he made the sacrifice to follow in his fatherís footsteps, who had fallen ill. Mr. Ely quickly found himself exceeding expectations, establishing lighting customers and unique designs for companies such as Taco Bell, Ford (World Headquarters), Detroitís Cobo Hall, AutoNation, Mercedes-Benz Autohaus green concept, and a part of the winning team in the International Store Design Competition for the Nalley Lexus Galleria. Eventually, Davidís innovative methods lead him to uncover a new industry to provide new incentive programs to his clients, through efficient and sustainable building practices. Recognizing the vital importance these incentives had on his clients as well as the application across industries, David ventured off on his own to manifest his vision of the EDSS business model. While established through Mr. Elyís passion, creativity, and attention to detail, EDSS is the cultivation of expertise that has propelled it to become a national authority on commercial energy efficiency. The EDSS team encompasses fourteen (14) national offices boasting a diverse group of professional backgrounds including Professional Engineering, Architecture, Interior and Lighting Design, IT and Database Management, Accounting, Law and Legislation, and Professional Grant Writing, with formal education from University of Michigan, Oxford, and Illinois Institute of Technology to name a few. The EDSS team extends beyond the office through our executive board of community leaders, university chairs, political offices, and Fortune 500 company executives. Although Mr. Ely does not define himself by his professional success alone, EDSS has excelled landing a position with INC. Magazineís Fastest Growing 500|5000 Companies List, and has recently been featured on 21st Century Businessí Television Series Energy Efficiency Solutions for Commercial Environments. EDSSí success is a direct reflection of David Elyís vision, values, and passion for creative & energy efficient lighting for clientele.

Mr. Ely can be contacted at 810-227-3377 or davidely@msn.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.