Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Quezada

David Quezada

Vice President - Loss Control, EMPLOYERS

David M. Quezada has been Vice-President of Loss Control Services for EMPLOYERS since 2014. He is responsible for providing leadership, direction and management oversight of the loss control operations, ensuring field staff operates within established company/functional policies, procedures and guidelines. Mr. Quezada has served in various executive management positions with EMPLOYERS, most recently as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, from January 2006 to May 2014. He was responsible for the marketing and underwriting of business produced through non-traditional, strategic partnerships, and the identification of new, strategic partnership opportunities. Prior to that time, Mr. Quezada served as Vice-President, Loss Control, with Employers Compensation Insurance Company. He is an accomplished executive with extensive workers' compensation insurance industry experience and proven achievement in various corporate leadership positions. Mr. Quezada holds a B.A. degree from Cal Poly Pomona University. 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. Insurance is not offered in all jurisdictions.

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

Mr. Quezada can be contacted at 800-588-5200 or losscontrol@employers.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.