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Mr. Sanfilippo

Matt Sanfilippo

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Service Companies

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources at The Service Companies, Matt Sanfilippo oversees 6,000 employees in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Sanfilippo joined The Service Companies as Director of Human Resources in November 2010. Prior to joining The Service Companies, Mr. Sanfilippo spent over six years with the world's largest casino hotel company, Caesars Entertainment. While with Caesars, Mr. Sanfilippo held various leadership roles in Human Resources including, Employee Relations Manager, and Human Resources Manager. Mr. Sanfilippo got his start in Human Resources as an HR Generalist at Pinnacle Airlines Corp. Prior to joining Caesars, Mr. Sanfilippo spent four years proudly serving in the United States Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout his career, Mr. Sanfilippo has earned several recognitions, including the Chairman's Award for Leadership at Caesars Entertainment in January 2009. He was promoted into his current role overseeing all Human Resources functions in May 2015.

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Mr. Sanfilippo can be contacted at 305-681-8800 or matt.sanfilippo@theservicecompanies.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.