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Mr. Mumford

Chris Mumford

President, HVS Executive Search, HVS Executive Search

Chris Mumford studied in England and began his professional life in Japan before entering the world of hotel recruitment. After a brief spell in New York, he returned to London in 2002 to set up the EMEA offices of HVS Executive Search and has since worked on a number of high profile senior appointments, advised on compensation packages, and consulted on significant strategic organizational needs for players in the hospitality industry. A regular speaker on industry related issues, Mr. Mumford is a frequent author of articles on executive selection, compensation trends, and general HR topics for a number of industry publications.

Mr. Mumford can be contacted at 44-20-7878-7740 or cmumford@hvs.com

Coming up in May 2018...

Eco-Friendly Practices: The Greening of Your Bottom Line

There are strong moral and ethical reasons why a hotel should incorporate eco-friendly practices into their business but it is also becoming abundantly clear that “going green” can dramatically improve a hotel's bottom line. When energy-saving measures are introduced - fluorescent bulbs, ceiling fans, linen cards, lights out cards, motion sensors for all public spaces, and energy management systems - energy bills are substantially reduced. When water-saving equipment is introduced - low-flow showerheads, low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and serving water only on request in restaurants - water bills are also considerably reduced. Waste hauling is another major expense which can be lowered through recycling efforts and by avoiding wastefully-packaged products. Vendors can be asked to deliver products in minimal wrapping, and to deliver products one day, and pick up the packaging materials the next day - generating substantial savings. In addition, renewable sources of energy (solar, geothermal, wind, etc.) have substantially improved the economics of using alternative energies at the property level. There are other compelling reasons to initiate sustainability practices in their operation. Being green means guests and staff are healthier, which can lead to an increase in staff retention, as well as increased business from health conscious guests. Also, sooner or later, all properties will be sold, and green hotels will command a higher price due to its energy efficiencies. Finally, some hotels qualify for tax credits, subsidies and rebates from local, regional and federal governments for the eco-friendly investments they've made in their hotels. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating sustainable practices into their operations and how their hotels are benefiting from them.