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Ms. Lewis

Rene Lewis

Director of Human Resources , Signature Worldwide

As the director of human resources for Signature Worldwide, Rene Lewis is responsible for talent management, employee relations, workforce planning, change management, company communications, leadership training and strategic organization planning. Ms. Lewis brings nearly 15 years of human resources experience to Signature, with 10 of those years being at the leadership level. She has held manager and director positions while working for such companies as Red Envelope, Orange County California, Gap Inc. and Caterpillar Logistics Services. Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in political science from The Ohio State University. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as well as a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA). As a member of the Society for Human Resource management and the American Society for Training and Development, Ms. Lewis is a frequent speaker at company events and has often worked with clients regarding employee relations programs recognition and progress.

Ms. Lewis can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or renelewis@signatureworldwide.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.