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Ms. McGregor

Brenda McGregor

Director of HR, Chesapeake Hospitaliy

Brenda McGregor has played an instrumental role in the Chesapeake Hospitality story for more than three decades. In her current position as the Vice President of HR, Ms. McGregor is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of Human Resources services and support within the organization. She works closely with senior leadership to strategically cultivate a collaborative and cohesive workplace environment that reflects Chesapeake's unique culture and supports the healthy growth and development of Chesapeake employees.

Ms. McGregor provides comprehensive and timely support for and supervision of all HR field personnel and General Managers, ensuring consistent adherence to Chesapeake's culture, policies and procedures, as well as full and complete compliance with all local and federal laws. Her work is vitally important to maintaining Chesapeake's culture of inclusivity, entrepreneurship and accountability, helping to solidify its reputation as a place where employees are encouraged to pursue their goals, contribute their own perspectives, and achieve both personal and professional fulfillment. Ms. McGregor, along with the company's entire leadership team, are highly focused on making Chesapeake a place where employees feel a sense of belonging in a caring and supportive environment, where they can be challenged and given opportunities to grow and develop their career.

In September 2019 Ms. McGregor hosted the annual SIPO (Strategy In People Operations) conference where VP's of HR in hospitality met to share best practices, discuss emerging trends and provide solutions to challenges specific to the industry. Ms. McGregor is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and her efforts have helped Chesapeake to achieve one of the highest employee retention rates in the industry.

Please visit http://www.chesapeakehospitality.com for more information.

Ms. McGregor can be contacted at +1 301-474-3307 or bmcgregor@chesapeakehospitality.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.