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Mr. Mitchell

Kjell Mitchell

President & Chief Executive Officer, Glenwood Hot Springs

For 37 years, Kjell Mitchell, Glenwood Hot Springs president and chief executive officer has been putting into practice the resort's mission: to help people feel better. Serving in a variety of capacities, initially as a bellman and front office supervisor in the 1970s, Mr. Mitchell got his start in the hospitality industry early and worked his way into positions of leadership. In 1989, he was appointed general manager, and later chief operating officer. Under his leadership, the organization has grown four successful business operations, including the world-famous Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the award-winning Spa of the Rockies, the Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club with over 1,000 members and the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, which recently underwent a comprehensive renovation. In addition to his duties at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Mitchell served on the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors for 16 years and helped create the current pro-tourism climate in Colorado. In 2010, Mr. Mitchell was named Hotelier of the Year by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association for his role in raising money for the Legislative Readiness Fund, which was established to support issues and policies that promote a pro-business environment at the state and national levels. Under Mr. Mitchell's leadership, Glenwood Hot Springs is able to support many worthy charitable organizations. Notable contributions have included funding for the heart and vascular center at the regional hospital, the construction of a whitewater park, and annual scholarships for college-bound students. The Glenwood Hot Springs actively underwrites countless community events and organizations. Glenwood Hot Springs has also made massive strides in energy conservation during Mr. Mitchell's tenure. In addition to using water from the thermal springs to heat the lodge and other buildings, the resort has significantly reduced its carbon footprint by implementing energy saving technology and is considered a model for green energy practices.

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Mr. Mitchell can be contacted at 970-947-2955 or kmitchell@hotspringspool.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. 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.