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Biography: Jeanne Varney

Jeanne Varney is a Principal with Olive Hospitality Consulting where she provides practical sustainability solutions to businesses looking to improve the Triple Bottom Line for their organizations. She presents over 20 years of real estate, operational and sustainable hospitality experience. Her valuable and wide ranging knowledge of the hospitality industry gives her strong credibility with property management teams, brands, owners and other with whom she works. Jeanne’s approach to improving the triple bottom line is through a thorough understanding of what the situation is today, what the aspiration is for tomorrow and developing a SMART way to attain those goals.

Prior to establishing Olive Hospitality Consulting, Jeanne was Vice President, Asset Management at Host Hotels and Resorts administering the full range of ownership responsibilities, including operational and capital expenditure budgeting, ongoing operational reviews, and long-term strategic planning for the properties. In addition, she lead sustainability efforts at Host and served on the Executive Committee for the International Tourism Partnership. Jeanne held positions with Marriott International Corporate Headquarters, Horwath Landauer Hospitality Consulting, as well as positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Jeanne holds a Master’s of Business Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.

Affiliations

USGBC National Capitol Region, NEWH Washington DC Chapter, Cornell Hotel Society, Cornell Real Estate Council

Speaking Engagements

2008
2008 ICHRIE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.  Panel Speaker
“Sustainability Curriculum Needs by the Hospitality Industry Today.”

2008 Host Hotels & Resorts Best in Class event, McLean, VA.
Panel Speaker, “Test Your Green Knowledge.”

2008 NEWH Virginia Chapter Program, Richmond, VA.
Panel Speaker, “Greening Your Facility.”

2008 Cornell University School of Hotel Administration,
MMH Career Track Round Table, Ithaca, NY.  Presenter
“Trends in Asset Management Today” 

2007
2007 NEWH Leadership Conference, Niagara Falls, CAN.
Panel Speaker, “Is Sustainable Attainable?”

2007 Greening in the Hospitality Industry Conference,
Portland, OR.  Panel Speaker, “Green From an Owner’s Perspective.”

2007 Host Hotels & Resorts Board of Director’s Meeting,
Bethesda, MD.  Presenter, “Defining Sustainability and What Next?”

2007 NEWH Atlanta Chapter Program.  Panel Speaker for
Design SLAM “Is Sustainable Attainable?”  Event involved
extensive panel presentation, participant design competition
and panelists judging designs at end of session.

2007 & NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Forum, NY, NY.
Host 2007/2008 and Panel Moderator 2008.

2006
2006 HD Expo Las Vegas, NV.  Panel Speaker for
Design SLAM “Is Sustainable Attainable?”  Event involved extensive
panel presentation, participant design competition and panelists
judging designs at end of session.

2006 NEWH Board Meeting, HD Expo, Las Vegas, NV.
Presentation “What is a Carbon-Off-Set?” and the introduction
of the NEWH Carbon Off-Set Calculator.

2006 IH/M & Show, NY, NY.
Panel Speaker “Is Sustainable Attainable?”