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Mr. Walner

Doug Walner

President & CEO, Psychological Services, Inc.

Doug Walner, PSI's President and Chief Executive Officer, drives the strategic goals and day-to-day operations of the Company. With nearly fifteen years of professional experience and significant executive expertise in the technology sector, having led a variety of marketing and business and product development functions for industry-leading technology players, Walner was appointed President in 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of PSI in 2005. Under his leadership, PSI has fortified its market leadership position in the testing space by developing and introducing ATLASTM, a cutting-edge technology platform to provide comprehensive examination administration services, as well as web-based pre-employment selection products and management assessment tools in the enterprise space. PSI has also experienced record revenue and profitability growth during his tenure. Walner received his Bachelor or Arts degree in History from Tulane University.

Mr. Walner can be contacted at 818-847-6180 or doug@psionline.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.