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Ms. Carr

Lisa Carr

Housekeeping Director, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Lisa Carr, Housekeeping Director at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has worked in a variety of positions and locations throughout her twenty three years with The Walt Disney Company. Starting her career in the operation as a housekeeper, Ms. Carr has worked in multiple resort hotels and opened several properties across the Walt Disney World® Resort. From Value to Deluxe resort hotels, she quickly learned that the only difference between each location is the theming and not the level of service; Disney's standards of hospitality are consistent across property and help set them apart from other companies in the industry. Ms. Carr takes every opportunity to make her team's efforts more effective and efficient whether by following industry trends down to the equipment her team uses. Throughout her career, she has built relationships and developed skills that have equipped her to be an informed, hands-on leader who believes in the development of her leadership team. With a passion for quality and guest service, Ms. Carr empowers her team to be role models and to take ownership over each and every guest experience. Always striving to deliver on the promise of being 'the place where dreams come true,' she pushes her team to always exceed expectations through individualized guest service. With millions of guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort each year, it takes a hard-working team of talented hospitality professionals to make that promise a reality.

Please visit http://www.DisneyHousekeepingJobs.com/HotelExecutive for more information.

Ms. Carr can be contacted at 407-939-2273 or Recruitment.Marketing@disney.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.