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Ms. Schelske

Beth Schelske

Divisional Vice President - Client Services, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Beth Schelske is Divisional Vice President - Client Services for Maritz Motivation Solutions working with hospitality clients, including major international hotel chains, airlines and casinos. For over 25 years, Ms. Schelske has been working with Fortune 500 clients developing reward and recognition programs, sales incentives, and consumer loyalty solutions. Most recently she helped launch an international consumer rewards program for US based hospitality client with over 3,700,000 active members in more than 50 countries. Prior to joining Maritz, Ms. Schelske was Vice President of Performance Solutions for ITAGroup. In this role, she helped design and manage employee recognition programs for clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. She was a contributing inventor to the 2012 patent “System and Process for Integration of Incentive Award Programs with Existing Management Systems.” She is past president of the Forum for People Performance Management and former board member of the Incentive Marketing Association. She currently serves on the conference planning board for Recognition Professionals, International. She is a graduate of Grinnell College. Maritz Motivation Solutions is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and helps companies bring strategies to life by delivering tangible results, reducing costs, increasing productivity and driving growth. Maritz Motivation Solutions also works in collaboration with The Maritz Institute which is an independent network of thought leaders working to create next generation business practices based on human science research.

Ms. Schelske can be contacted at beth.schelske@maritz.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.