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Mr. McKeown

Todd McKeown

Vice President Direct Sale Strategic Markets, Cintas

As Vice President of Direct Sale Strategic Markets and Officer, Todd McKeown is responsible for the Tailored Apparel business at Cintas. He also has responsibility for all other Cintas services sold into the Hospitality & Gaming market, which includes Deep Clean, Rental Garments, Facility Services, First Aid & Safety Products and Training, and Fire Protection.

In this role, Mr. McKeown oversees an organization of sales and operations dedicated solely to the Hospitality & Gaming market. In addition to the U.S. Tailored Apparel business, Mr. McKeown also runs the International and Luxury Apparel business units. Cintas' Luxury business, Fourmy, is based in Toronto, Canada.

International presence consists of the Calamex business servicing Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Islands, the European business, Cintas Hospitality UK, based in London, and the Asia business in Hong Kong, with offices in Shanghai and Macau.

Mr. McKeown can be contacted at 513-972-2079 or McKeownt@cintas.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.