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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 March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.