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Mr. Chacon

Raul Chacon

Western Regional Loss Control Manager, EMPLOYERS Insurance, Inc.

Raul Chacon is an expert on loss control and workplace safety. He is the Western Regional Loss Manager for EMPLOYERS, a workers' compensation insurance carrier for small businesses. During his more than 20 years at EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon has helped many hotel, restaurant, bar and other foodservice and hospitality small businesses take a strategic approach to risk management to improve their workplace safety programs, protect their employees' well-being and, ultimately, control their insurance-related costs. 

An accomplished insurance professional with a track record of contributions in risk management, loss control and safety training, Mr. Chacon is an expert at performing risk analysis for a variety of industries and making appropriate recommendations to reduce and prevent work-related injuries. Using his effective analytical, interpersonal, organization and communication skills, he has successfully coordinated and conducted training seminars for loss control staff, agents and policyholders. Additionally, he has overseen and implemented state regulatory requirements to ensure compliance and consistency throughout the Western region.  

Prior to joining EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon served for six years as a Senior Loss Control Consultant with Zenith Insurance Company. Mr. Chacon holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology from California State University-Fresno.

EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist®, offers workers' compensation insurance and services through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company. Not all insurers do business in all jurisdictions. EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist® and EACCESS® are registered trademarks of EIG Services, Inc.

Please visit http://www.employers.com for more information.

Mr. Chacon can be contacted at +1 888-682-6671 or RChacon@employers.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.