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Ms. Mangal

Sapna Mehta Mangal

Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Management, Kendall College

Sapna M. Mangal, an Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality Management brings more than two decades of international hospitality and teaching experience to Kendall College, Chicago. She earned a M.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Marketing in 1994 at University of North Texas. She returned to Singapore and was gainfully employed as a Program Manager for an Irvine, California-based multi-national, hospitality marketing consulting firm. She undertook consulting projects with Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur, Pan Pacific Singapore, Omni Marco Polo Singapore, Djakarta Hilton, and the Shanghai Hilton. Ms. Mangal received her MBA from University of Houston Clear Lake with a Management Information Systems concentration. She joined Kendall College’s School of Hospitality Management in 2004 and currently teaches hospitality marketing, e-marketing, strategic management, services marketing, service operations management and Information management. She is the recipient of the “Best Paper” award that she co-wrote on Sustainable Event Marketing. The paper “Sustainable Event Marketing in the MICE Industry: A Theoretical Framework.” was published in the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism. She has also contributed to the India Student Guide, an international student education publication. Ms. Mangal is the faculty advisor for Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) an International hospitality management honors society. She has presented at various industry events, like the Motivation Show, Professional Conference Management Association’s annual meeting and Kendall College TALK conference. She actively participates in hospitality industry professional conferences, trade shows and expositions. She served on the HSMAI IL Chapter Board as the Vice President of Student Affairs from 2010-13. She is a member of I-CHRIE and also serves on a myriad of academic committees at Kendall College. Please visit http://www.kendall.edu for more information.

Ms. Mangal can be contacted at 312-752-2404 or sapna.mangal@kendall.edu

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.