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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 November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.