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Ms. Glickman

Alexandra Glickman

Area Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Gallagher Real Estate & Hospitality Services

Alexandra Glickman has 34 years of experience in the commercial insurance arena. As Area Vice Chairman and Managing Director-Practice Leader of Gallagher Real Estate and Hospitality Services, Ms. Glickman's expertise is in developing and servicing clients who specialize in real estate development, acquisition, advisory, management and all aspects of ownership as well as all asset classes. She has an extensive experience in the Real Estate industry and has pioneered many real estate specific insurance products and services. Prior to joining Gallagher in 2001, she led Marsh's worldwide Real Estate and Hospitality Practice.

Ms. Glickman has been a featured speaker, instructor and contributor to numerous organizations and publications including the Practicing Law Institute, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, BOMA, NAREIM, NAIOP, ICSC, California State Bar Real Estate Section, CEB, CLE, national lenders' conferences, graduate schools and numerous law firms. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, Business Insurance and Real Estate Southern California to name a few. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Ms. Glickman was named by Real Estate Forum Magazine as one of the Nation's Top 50 “Women of Influence.”

Ms. Glickman's current and past professional and community involvement award recognition includes Board Member - USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, YMCA Metropolitan Los Angeles Board of Directors, Member - Real Estate Round Table and Homeland Security Task Force, City of Hope Real Estate & Construction Council - Board Member (Chair) among others.

Ms. Glickman is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from the School of Business Administration, USC as well as John F. Anderson Graduate School of Management - UCLA.

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

Ms. Glickman can be contacted at 818-539-1303 or alexandra_glickman@ajg.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.