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Mr. Turner

W. Don Turner

Board Chair, California Lodging Industry Association

Don Turner is founder, president and CEO of Jorad & Company in Napa, a business consulting firm that specializes in operational and financial consulting for businesses. Mr. Turner also owns the Golden Bear Inn, a 43-room lodging property in Berkeley, California, and is the current Board Chair for CLIA--California Lodging Industry Association. Turner's background is quite interesting and his expertise in business, operations, personnel, accounting and financing, came with hard work and risk taking at a young age. At 22, with some college buddies, Turner opened The Caboose restaurant near Orlando, Florida. When he decided to marry his finance from California a year later, he abandoned the business and started The Great American Restaurants, built it to 23 restaurants, then sold it! He also developed, owned and operated The Big Yellow House restaurants and Annie Butterfield's Original Pot Pies. In 1999, he began purchasing lodging properties Jorad & Company offers accounting services and has long term successes in both start-up and turnaround endeavors. Don Turner has lived in California for the past thirty-three years and has founded and co-founded restaurant companies in both Northern and Southern California. He previously served on the board of directors of California Restaurant Association. Mr. Turner has more than 30 years of management experience in the lodging and restaurant industry and held management positions with Red Lobster Inns of America prior to developing his own companies. His personal interests are his family, golf, skiing, sailing, travel and, of course... food and wine.

Mr. Turner can be contacted at 916-925-2915 or joraddon@sbcglobal.net

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.