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Mr. Tacchino

Arthur Tacchino

Principal and Chief Innovation Officer, SyncStream Solutions

Arthur Tacchino is Principal and the Chief Innovation Officer at SyncStream Solutions, an ACA reporting and compliance company. SyncStream works with agents, brokers, accountants, human resource professionals, CPAs, financial planners, and benefits attorneys to help employers navigate and fulfill new healthcare requirements. Mr. Tacchino is a leading expert in the country on the Affordable Care Act. He created SyncStream’s ACA Decision Support Tool, which enables employers to gather and input key individualized employer data and generate a customized analysis of the ACA's impact on their business, and leads development of SyncStream’s ACA Dashboard, ACA Reporting Essentials, and other solutions that help employers tackle the challenges of health care reform. Prior to joining SyncStream, Mr. Tacchino spent three years at The American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pa. where contributed to the creation of the Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC) designation. As part of this work, Mr. Tacchino designed and taught two courses on the Affordable Care Act -“Essentials of Healthcare Reform” and “The Healthcare Consultant.” Mr. Tacchino is a well-recognized speaker on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and presents frequently to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and other national organizations. In addition, he has been published in blind peer reviewed publications, such as the Journal for Financial Service Professionals and the Journal of Financial Planning. Mr. Tacchino received his B.S. in economics from Susquehanna University and earned his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law. Please visit http://www.sync-stream.com for more information.

Mr. Tacchino can be contacted at 877-291-9256 or infoabout@sync-stream.com

Coming up in May 2018...

Eco-Friendly Practices: The Greening of Your Bottom Line

There are strong moral and ethical reasons why a hotel should incorporate eco-friendly practices into their business but it is also becoming abundantly clear that “going green” can dramatically improve a hotel's bottom line. When energy-saving measures are introduced - fluorescent bulbs, ceiling fans, linen cards, lights out cards, motion sensors for all public spaces, and energy management systems - energy bills are substantially reduced. When water-saving equipment is introduced - low-flow showerheads, low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and serving water only on request in restaurants - water bills are also considerably reduced. Waste hauling is another major expense which can be lowered through recycling efforts and by avoiding wastefully-packaged products. Vendors can be asked to deliver products in minimal wrapping, and to deliver products one day, and pick up the packaging materials the next day - generating substantial savings. In addition, renewable sources of energy (solar, geothermal, wind, etc.) have substantially improved the economics of using alternative energies at the property level. There are other compelling reasons to initiate sustainability practices in their operation. Being green means guests and staff are healthier, which can lead to an increase in staff retention, as well as increased business from health conscious guests. Also, sooner or later, all properties will be sold, and green hotels will command a higher price due to its energy efficiencies. Finally, some hotels qualify for tax credits, subsidies and rebates from local, regional and federal governments for the eco-friendly investments they've made in their hotels. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating sustainable practices into their operations and how their hotels are benefiting from them.