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Mr. Chacon

Raul Chacon

Western Regional Loss Control Manager, EMPLOYERS Insurance, Inc.

Raul Chacon is an expert on loss control and workplace safety. He is the Western Regional Loss Manager for EMPLOYERS, a workers' compensation insurance carrier for small businesses. During his more than 20 years at EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon has helped many hotel, restaurant, bar and other foodservice and hospitality small businesses take a strategic approach to risk management to improve their workplace safety programs, protect their employees' well-being and, ultimately, control their insurance-related costs. 

An accomplished insurance professional with a track record of contributions in risk management, loss control and safety training, Mr. Chacon is an expert at performing risk analysis for a variety of industries and making appropriate recommendations to reduce and prevent work-related injuries. Using his effective analytical, interpersonal, organization and communication skills, he has successfully coordinated and conducted training seminars for loss control staff, agents and policyholders. Additionally, he has overseen and implemented state regulatory requirements to ensure compliance and consistency throughout the Western region.  

Prior to joining EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon served for six years as a Senior Loss Control Consultant with Zenith Insurance Company. Mr. Chacon holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology from California State University-Fresno.

EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist®, offers workers' compensation insurance and services through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company. Not all insurers do business in all jurisdictions. EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist® and EACCESS® are registered trademarks of EIG Services, Inc.

Please visit http://www.employers.com for more information.

Mr. Chacon can be contacted at +1 888-682-6671 or RChacon@employers.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.