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Ms. Apke

Marie Apke

Chief Operating Officer, Bensinger, DuPont & Associates

Marie Apke is Chief Operating Officer of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA), a leading EAP that promotes healthy outcomes for the workplace, employees, individuals and their families. Ms. Apke is a NAADAC Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a Certified Employee Assistance Program Professional (CEAP), an International Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (ICCGC), a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (CCGC), and a Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor (PCGC) with extensive training in the diagnosis, referral and treatment of addictive illness, including those of alcohol/drugs and problem and compulsive gambling. She has extensive experience in establishing and implementing EAP policies and programs. Ms. Apke has developed a network of both Associate and provider staff on a nationwide basis and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the quality of care for assessment, referral and treatment. She believes the possibility of change and the potential that EAP has in influencing change. BDA is one of the ten largest EAPs in the nation, serving approximately 10 million lives. The firm's diverse offerings, flexibility, and case management approach ensure an individualized experience for its customers. To view Stressed at Work: What We Can Learn From EAP Utilization please visit: http://www.bensingerdupont.com/images/contentfiles/BDA_White_Paper_2013.pdf.

Ms. Apke can be contacted at 312-726-8620 or marie.apke@bensingerdupont.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.