The 25th anniversary of The Lodging Conference kicked off on September 23rd amid torrential downpours in the Phoenix desert. Breaking with tradition, this year’s event was at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. While some of us were initially nostalgic for the iconic campus and sprawling open lawns of the Arizona Biltmore Waldorf Astoria Resort, by our third day at the JW, the updated conference amenities, convenient additional guestrooms, and exceptional hotel staff won us over. Despite the soggy start and new location, this year’s conference topped 2,000 attendees!
When most people hear the phrase “work/life balance,” they think of maintaining a 50/50 relationship between their job and their life outside of work. But is that really what work/life balance means? Depending on our stage in life, the combination of our desire to succeed professionally, contribute to our communities, maintain our health, and care for our families can feel like a constant juggling act. It is at best an intricate dance of logistics. At times, the juggling is completely overwhelming. As business leaders, we want employees to be productive, happy, to achieve work/life balance. Or perhaps better stated, work/life INTEGRATION, is key.
With August drawing to a close and the start of a new school year approaching, Continental is ready for one of our favorite annual activities to support education. We know that giving back to your community is good for businesses. But mostly, our team just loves to be involved! We feel lucky that our offices are in three great towns, filled with people and businesses and community programs that care.
Brass. Rope and metal. Tile. Bright colors. Rich textures. Even scratch and sniff wallpaper! Every year, the HD Expo promises to bring to life interior design inspiration for the hospitality market. And this year, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, did not disappoint!