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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 with more than 20 years of experience. As the Western Regional Loss Manager for specialty workers' compensation insurance carrier EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon has helped many hotels and other small businesses to take a strategic approach to risk management to improve their workplace safety and ultimately control related costs.

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. EMPLOYERSÒ and America's small business insurance specialistÒ are registered trademarks of Employers Insurance Company of Nevada.

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. He has also successfully coordinated and conducted training seminars for loss control staff, agents and policyholders.

Mr. Chacon holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology from California State University-Fresno.

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

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.