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Mr. Di Stanisloa

Bill Di Stanisloa

Founder & Principal, GreenSpa 101 LLC

Bill Di Stanisloa brings with him more than 22 years of personal and professional experience in the field of Holistic Health and Nutrition and 30 years in the business world including hospitality, property management, spa and salon development and operations. Mr. Di Stanisloa has also led a global product portfolio bringing customers together during the dot.com era. He has served director roles for a multitude of positions which include committee member of resort operations at Amelia Island Plantation Resort, its' Holistic Spa and Salon and the Resort Green Program. The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation was recognized and awarded the “Top Salons and Spas in 2008” by Jacksonville Magazine. Mr. Di Stanisloa received a fine arts scholarship out of high school but did not stop there, after engaging in a multitude of employment interests he eventually held lead positions in businesses defined as hospitality, property management and real estate while continuing his education in Cosmetology, Massage, Skin Care and Holistic Healing. He knew that it would be necessary to visually serve as a role model for success for others in the above vocations so he enrolled in evening classes for film and video, stage, producing and directing which resulted in many live conferences titled as Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Di Stanisloa's experience through-out the years also led him into executive management consulting domestically and globally for an on-line portfolio of wellness products and services in the beginning of the dot COM era. Committed to the environment and all living things; Mr. Di Stanisloa originally established GreenSpa101 to serve as an educational vessel assisting companies and organizations choosing to go "Green". He brings with him over 20 years of successful project management. As a dynamic and passionate Public Speaker he has steered many for-profit and non-profit entities toward the improvement and creation of environmentally friendly initiatives which includes reformulation of products and target marketing. Mr. Di Stanisloa has actively served on a number of 501C3 boards such as the Advisory Board for Florida State College, The Heritage Institute, YMCA First Coast, Corporate Volunteer Council, NE Florida Music Conservatory and The Sustainability Institute, all located in his region of North Florida. His current board and member positions include the United States Green Building Council for North Florida and State of Florida Green Lodging Program. Supporting organizations like the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Ocean Conservancy all representing animal rights and planet protection are understood by Bill Di Stanisloa. As a Public Speaker, Mr. Di Stanisloa serves as a role model of passion and direction for positive change to all audiences in environmental awareness. In his role as Green Team leader at Amelia Island, he “ramped up” the work in "Green Lodging" resulting in the one of the largest - and quickest - "Green" certifications for any 4-Diamond resort in Florida. As such, Mr. Di Stanisloa proposed the first Green Lodging Mentor Program in the state. Mr. Di Stanisloa is also writing an inspirational book which will share his successes throughout his life including how he overcame professional and personal adversities.

Mr. Di Stanisloa can be contacted at 904-879-9203 or Bill@GreenSpa101.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.