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Mr. Hardy

Patrick Hardy

President & CEO, Hytropy Disaster Management

Patrick Hardy is CEO of Hytropy.com, one of the leading disaster management companies in hospitality. A Certified Emergency Manager®, Certified Risk Manager® he has extensive experience working with hoteliers and their corporate teams from coast-to-coast doing disaster plans, training, and drills. In 2009, Patrick won the coveted "Teaching Excellence" award from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Hardy has worked in EMS first response and consulted to the Chief of Staff for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security in Louisiana. In the summer of 2012, he became the first small business owner and youngest person ever to be selected as the National Private Sector Representative to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), spending three months in Washington D.C. helping develop a national small business framework.

He has also been a visiting disaster instructor to the National EMS Academy, and wrote the chapters on disaster preparedness, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction for the new Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Textbook for use in the US National Curriculum.

In 2020, Mr. Hardy launched "Disaster Hawk", which is the first disaster preparedness mobile app in the world that allows companies and families to customized disaster preparedness plans directly on their smart phone. His family disaster plans have been translated into 14 languages, and are being regularly published into the app.

Mr. Hardy has been interviewed on multiple national TV shows, including Good Morning America, and is regarded as the premier small business and family disaster planner in the United States. A recognized expert in disaster preparedness in over 53 industries, his expertise and skill is so extensive that he is known as "America's Disaster Planner".

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-hardy-862a795b/

Mr. Hardy can be contacted at +1 225-361-3402 or phardy@hytropy.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.