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Ms. St. Clair

Jasmine St. Clair

Vice President of Design & Construction, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Jasmine St. Clair is the Vice President of Design and Construction for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company.

An experienced professional who has worked on virtually all aspects of hotel design, development and operations, Ms. St. Clair has more than 20 years of project management experience in the hotel industry. She has worked for iconic national and international brands and operators including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, La Quinta, Bristol Hotels & Resorts, Remington Hotels & Resorts, and, most recently, Omni Hotels & Resorts. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has been responsible for managing franchise design and construction development, spearheading new product development and improvement plans (PIP's) on conversion projects, and supervising change of ownership and repositioning logistics at numerous hotels and resorts.

Additionally, Ms. St. Clair has spent time in the purchasing project management role for one of the industry's premier hospitality purchasing companies, Purchasing Management International in Dallas, Texas. Her responsibilities with Purchasing Management International included managing one of the firm's primary clients, Meristar Hotels & Resorts, as well as working on new Westin hotel developments for Beachwood Development in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ms. St. Clair graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she earned a degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M's School of Architecture. As part of her drive to continue to learn and expanded both her knowledge and professional skillset, she continues to take additional graduate-level course work in Construction Management at her alma mater. She currently resides in Colleyville, Texas, with her husband and two sons.

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

Ms. St. Clair can be contacted at +1 214-987-9300 or jasmine.stclair@prismhotels.com

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.