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Ms. Gill

Karine Gill

Managing Director, KGillAssociates

For over 20 years, Karine Gill has been a retained hospitality executive search consultant providing domestic and international clients in the hotel, cruise, gaming and travel sectors with talent at the mid-management and executive levels across all function areas.

Prior to launching her own firm KGillAssociates, Ms. Gill led the hospitality and leisure practice of one of the top global executive search firms and played an active role in over 200 search assignments in the hotel, restaurant, cruise line, gaming travel and timeshare industries. In addition she was an active member of the Human Resources practice of one of the top global executive search firms and played an active role in over 200 search assignments in the hotel, restaurant, cruise line, gaming travel and timeshare industries.

Ms. Gill was an active member of the Human Resources practice and executed a significant number of strategic HR searches across a wide variety of industries

In her current role as Managing Director of KGillassociates, Ms. Gill combines the dedication and personalized service of a boutique agency with access to best practices and resources of a large firm, and has developed a loyal following of clients.

In addition to her search firm, KGillAssociates, Ms. Gill is an Academic and Career Advisor at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee. A native of Antwerp, Belgium, she graduated from the University of Louvain with a Masters in Applied Economics.

Having lived in nine cities on four continents during her career, Ms. Gill speaks Dutch, English, French and Spanish. She is an active consulting member of Cayuga Hospitality Consultants, and The International Network of Hospitality Consulting Professionals.

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

Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/karine-gill-485299a/

Ms. Gill can be contacted at +1 305-608-8591 or Karine@KGillassociates

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.