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Ms. Johnson

Casi Johnson

Vice President Operations, M3 Accounting & Analytics

Casi Johnson is Vice President of Operations for M3 Accounting + Analytics, a leader in hotel-specific accounting software, operations reporting, business intelligence and analytics, processing more than $8 billion in financial transactions for more than 3,000 properties. Ms.Johnson has worked in the hotel industry since 1995 and for M3 since 2000, focusing on the technology side of the business for the past 14 years. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Casi has worked in a variety of roles in the industry, including General Manager. In 2000, she joined M3 as Director of Training, and then was promoted to Support Manager in 2005 and to Vice President of Operations in 2007. In 2009, Ms.Johnson opened M3's Tampa, Florida training center, where she continues to expand the service department for new products and training. Her goals are to achieve service excellence, while maintaining efficiency to keep costs low for customers. Ms.Johnson earned her Master of Business Administration at the University of South Florida in 2012 and is a member of the International Customer Service Association. She also serves as adjunct professor at the University of South Florida teaching Managerial Finance and Accounting for the Hospitality Industry.

Ms. Johnson can be contacted at 850-217-2927 or casi@m3as.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.