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Mr. Portman

Jack Portman

Chairman & CEO, John Portman & Associates

Jack Portman serves as chairman and CEO for John Portman & Associates. John Portman & Associates is an internationally renowned architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai. The firm specializes in designing innovative, engaging and memorable spaces that serve the people who use them and benefit the community. Mr. Portman also serves as chairman and CEO of Portman's Chinese companies, Portman International & Portman Development. He maintains a current focus on all of the companies' activities worldwide.

Mr. Portman began his career as an architect for John Portman & Associates in Atlanta. He later expanded his responsibilities from the architecture and design field to a position of corporate leadership. Initially working with the domestic arm of the Portman companies' real estate development, he subsequently became involved in the companies' activities in the Middle East, particularly Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He moved to Hong Kong and later to Shanghai to pursue the companies' international endeavors in the design, development and management of all East Asian overseas projects. Mr. Portman was responsible for Portman's early entry into China, at which time Portman Holdings became one of the first western development companies to develop real estate in China.  He later established Portman offices in Warsaw, India and South Korea.

Mr. Portman, a licensed architect, holds a B.S. degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

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

Mr. Portman can be contacted at 404-614-5555 or jack@portmanusa.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.