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Ms. Prestia

Maryann Prestia

Vice President & Hospitality Program Manager, Distinguished Programs

As the vice president and hospitality program manager for Distinguished Programs, Maryann Prestia is responsible for leading and overseeing the primary lines underwriting team for its hospitality, historic properties and cyber liability programs. In addition, Maryann assists with the development and expansion of Distinguished Programs' real estate and hospitality products.

An experienced insurance professional with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Ms. Prestia joined Distinguished Programs in 2018 after serving as vice president of insurance operations for a member-owned program facility serving luxury resorts and hotels. In this role, she led operations including claims and risk management for approximately 130 private resorts, most with different owners, connecting them with security professionals and providing webinars and other educational training resources.

Ms. Prestia began her insurance career as an underwriter, earning positions of increasing responsibility and eventually management roles. Although she now specializes in the hospitality space, she has experience in a variety of insurance sectors, from professional liability coverage for doctors and attorneys to risk management for fire departments and ambulance rescue squads.

Ms. Prestia broadened her insurance experience at Berkeley Mid-Atlantic Group, where she spent nearly 11 years handling the managerial and corporate end of underwriting, rather than day-to-day underwriting tasks. It was during this time that she began to specialize in hospitality insurance, which played a role in her position at Distinguished Programs today.

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in business, Ms. Prestia is based in Richmond, Virginia. She often works from Distinguished Programs' Bellevue, Washington location.

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

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Ms. Prestia can be contacted at +1 425-213-5184 or mprestia@distinguished.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.