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Mr. Meyers

Jared Meyers

Co-Owner Legacy Vacation Resorts, Legacy Vacation Resorts

Jared Meyers is a hospitality veteran with more than 20 years in the industry. The University of Florida graduate is passionate about delivering a quality product through his company, Legacy Vacation Resorts, to help friends and families enjoy unforgettable vacations together.

Legacy Vacation Resorts boasts eight properties across four states and provides both vacation ownership and resort accommodation options. One of Mr. Meyer's other passions? Utilizing the power of his business as a force for good. Searching for a way to use his resources and abilities for positive change, Mr. Meyers learned about Certified B Corporations, which are companies that voluntarily meet the highest levels of social and environmental performance with transparency and accountability. Inspired by his findings, he immediately set out on a journey to transform his company into a Certified B Corp and also create a movement to help other hospitality and travel businesses to do the same.

Within a year's time, Mr. Meyers implemented a variety of changes to the LVR business model to secure certification. LVR is now the only multi-state hospitality company and vacation ownership company that offsets the carbon footprint of guests, offers to donate 5% of guest's reservation to a charity of their choice, donates 1% of total revenue to environmental charities as part of its 1% for the Planet commitment, sponsors Conscious Capitalism, and meets Certified B Corporation standards.

Furthermore, they have introduced multiple efforts towards a more sustainable business model, including waste reduction and enhanced recycling efforts, sustainable lifestyle awareness campaigns, green-focused renovation projects and a living wage initiative for employees in all eight locations.

Always looking towards the bigger picture for his social and environmental impact goals, Mr. Meyers co-created the Florida for Good program. With its entrepreneurial spirit, Florida For Good is the connector between B Corps, Conscious Capitalism, 1% For The Planet, like minded organizations/networks, governments/chambers, academia, and the localized For Good ecosystems throughout the state.

FFG and the local chapters provide support for events, free online business directories of like-minded companies and resources such as the free impact assessment for other business to see how they measure up to B Corp standards.

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

Mr. Meyers can be contacted at +1 407-997-3135 or jared.meyers@legacyvacationresorts.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.