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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 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.