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Mr. Sentman

Shannon Sentman

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, SOL VISTA

Shannon Sentman, Esq., MSRE, LEED AP®, is a recovering big-firm attorney, wanna-be programmer, and the Co-founder and CEO of SOL VISTA. Since co-founding SOL VISTA in 2010, his leadership has established the company as the hotel energy experts, positioning its Skywalk™ platform as the best utility cost and building efficiency management tool available to the hotel sector. Skywalk now serves over two hundred subscribed hotels located throughout the U.S. In addition to his work with SOL VISTA, Mr. Sentman is a frequent lecturer at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and other universities, a former adjunct professor at University of Maryland, and an oft published author. His publications include the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Green Office Guide” and the American Bar Association’s “Green Building and Sustainable Development: A Practical Legal Guide.” Before co-founding SOL VISTA, Mr. Sentman practiced as an attorney, federal lobbyist, and strategic consultant with the international law firm Holland & Knight. While there he built a unique, cross-disciplinary practice counseling clients, such as Forest City, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, USGBC, Goldman Sachs, Rohm and Haas, and Fortune Brands, on environmental sustainability-related and real estate matters. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Sentman earned a M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and was one of the first attorneys to earn the designation of LEED AP® from the U.S. Green Building Council. In his personal life, Mr. Sentman left behind life on a sailboat to raise young boy/girl twins while trying to find time to run a few days each week. Please visit http://www.solvista.com for more information.

Mr. Sentman can be contacted at 410-456-8044 or ssentman@solvista.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.