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Ms. Lapierre

Michelle Lapierre

Senior Director of Customer Experience and Social Media, Marriott Rewards

Michelle Lapierre is on the leadership team of Marriott Rewards, voted best hospitality loyalty program with 18 brands in 72 countries and over 48 million members worldwide. She sets the strategic direction for the Marriott Rewards social media channels to drive new member enrollment, engagement, trust, preference and loyalty. Her team is also responsible for representing the voice of the customer inside the company, ensuring focus on enduring relationships and meaningful recognition. Ms. Lapierre is an independent thought leader in the area of human-to-human relationships between consumers, the brands they love and the needs they wish to fulfill. She combines her first-hand experience in hotel operations, account sales and social media marketing with strong research and innovation skills to contribute to Marriott's impressive growth. Ms. Lapierre received her B.A. degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in psychology and sociology; and her Masters in Management at the University of Redlands.

Ms. Lapierre can be contacted at 301-380-3000 or michelle.lapierre@marriott.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.