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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 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.