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ORLANDO (March 11, 2015) – Rosen Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce that it has been named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This marks the 5th year that the Orlando-based independent hotel group has received this distinction.
To receive the gold level award, Rosen Hotels & Resorts fulfilled “key criteria” and demonstrated a “strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees.” As an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite, Rosen Hotels & Resorts will receive recognition on the association’s website and local recognition at events and in communications materials. The hotel group also will be able to use the Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Seal on its communications. Its associates may also take advantage of free tools such as the American Heart Association’s online Activity Tracker.
The honor is just one of many bestowed upon Rosen Hotels & Resorts for its commitment to better health for its 4,600 associates and dependents. For more than 20 years, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has offered an innovative, in-house healthcare program for associates and dependents. In recent years, it added to that plan all students from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. In November 2014, the hotel group partnered with Wal-Mart to provide free generic prescriptions for those covered on its in-house plan. And, in 2012, the hotel group opened a brand new associate medical facility, The Rosen Medical Center, A Place for Healing and Wellness, located on International Drive.
“We are honored that the American Heart Association has once again recognized Rosen Hotels & Resorts for our commitment to the health and well-being of our associates and their families,” said Harris Rosen, President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “We hope that our in-house healthcare model is an inspiration to other companies and individuals who want to take control of their greatest asset – their own health and that of their associates.”
Features of Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ associate healthcare program include an array of free preventative care opportunities such as annual physicals, comprehensive screening lab tests, well-baby care, pregnancy case management, weight management and dietician services, smoking cessation, flu shots and vaccines, mental health benefits, as well as exercise programs, classes and fitness groups.
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Orlando Hotelier and Philanthropist Harris Rosen Awarded Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award by The King Center, Atlanta
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ORLANDO (Jan. 23, 2015) – Orlando hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, received the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award at the 32nd Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner presented by The King Center in Atlanta. The King Center, formally known as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, was established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The awards ceremony took place on Jan. 17, 2015 (in observance of the late Dr. King’s 86th birthday) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta.
The awards event recognized just four honorees. The Salute to Greatness Award, one of the King Center’s highest honors, was awarded to former President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, and to Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. The Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership) Award was given to Harris Rosen and to Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of the Aidan Cares Foundation. The award is given in honor of and in keeping with the spirit of the late Coretta Scott King and recognizes a youth or young adult and a youth organization/initiative which exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The honor was established and awarded for the first time in 2013.
Rosen was being recognized for his more than 20 year commitment to the Tangelo Park Program, a three-fold educational community service initiative within the once drug- and crime-ridden Tangelo Park neighborhood of Orlando. In 1992, as Rosen was planning his seventh property, Rosen Shingle Creek, he was struck with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for his many blessings and decided it was time to give back to his community. By 1993, he had created the Tangelo Park Program, a personally funded concept. His innovative program provides free preschool for every two-, three-, and four-year-old child living in the neighborhood and a full community college or four-year college, or a vocational or technical school scholarship for every graduating high school senior. In addition, the program provides a Neighborhood Center for Families where parents can take parenting courses and obtain counseling and other resources to help them become positive role models for their children.
When Rosen created the Tangelo Park Program, the community’s high school dropout rate was 43 percent higher than the national average. Not long after the program began, high school graduation rates soared with an almost zero dropout rate. To date, more than 280 young people have now attended college or vocational school. “I am so honored that the Tangelo Park Program has been recognized by The King Center and I am truly humbled to receive an award given in the spirit of Mrs. Coretta Scott King,” said Rosen. “I will be happy to accept the honor on behalf of the Tangelo Park community and especially all of the youngsters who have worked so hard over the past 20 years to better themselves through the gift of education.”
Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy. Both a traditional memorial and programmatic nonprofit, the King Center was envisioned by its founder to be “no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died.” That vision was carried out through educational and community programs until Mrs. King’s retirement in the mid-1990s, and today it is being revitalized.
Celebrating more than 40 years in business, Rosen Hotels & Resorts comprises nearly 6,500 guest rooms at seven Orlando hotels: three convention properties – Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek, as well as four value-priced leisure properties – Rosen Inn International; Rosen Inn, closest to Universal; Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando; and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com.
Award-Winning Convention Property Improves Conservation Efforts to Graduate from Two to Three Palm Designation
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ORLANDO (Nov. 14, 2014) – Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek is proud to announce that it has earned Three Palm Status in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Lodging Program. The award-winning hotel has been designated a Two Palm property since 2008.
The voluntary initiative designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources, offering designations at four levels. The program’s environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. To become designated, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations: Communication and Education (Customers, Employees, Public); Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling; Water Conservation; Energy Efficiency; and Indoor Air Quality.
“We at Rosen Shingle Creek are proud to be named a Three Palm property and to demonstrate that environmental conservation and protection is not just a passing trend but a real priority for all of us at Rosen Hotels & Resorts,” said Leslie Menichini, VP of Sales and Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts Convention Properties. “We started this process before DEP’s program began, and we plan to continue our efforts, exceeding the state’s standards, because it’s a cause to which we are deeply committed.”
To earn Three Palm status, the 1,501-room convention and leisure property implemented several new programs and practices, on top of its existing energy-saving policies. Among them, its staff gives tours to college students and groups, speaks at outside conferences to promote green business practices, and promotes green meetings to incoming convention groups. The hotel provides a “green suggestions” box at the associate cafeteria and has dedicated an environmental section in its facility newsletter, as well as enrolling in Green Destination Orlando, a hospitality advocacy committee. Additionally, Rosen Shingle Creek instituted a reduced packaging policy, uses refillable containers instead of single-use packets/containers, and prints all advertising, educational and promotional pieces on recycled paper.
In terms of facilities, the hotel installed photo sensors on toilets, urinals and faucets; installed tap flow controllers with auto shut-off; and uses final rinse water as pre-rinse water for subsequent cycles in its Milnor Tunnel energy-efficient washing machines. Rosen Shingle Creek uses biodiesel from used cooking oil, an onsite renewable energy power source, and conducts periodic thermal imaging to look for leakages. A daily inspection of laundry exhaust vents, grounds equipment and vehicles keeps the machines running efficiently. The hotel uses LED exit lighting and programmable thermostats for HVAC, and also provides preferred parking locations for guests and staff driving fuel efficient vehicles. Rosen Hotels & Resorts is committed to conservation efforts in all its properties. The associate medical center, Rosen Medical Center, A Place for Healing and Wellness, was built in 2012 according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified standards as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2007, Rosen Shingle Creek, along with its sister properties, Rosen Plaza and Rosen Center, were among the first 50 properties – the top one percent in Florida – to receive One Palm designation. All three properties achieved Two Palm status the following year. The 800-room Rosen Plaza and 1,334-room Rosen Centre have retained their Two Palm lodging status. For more information about the Florida Green Lodging program, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/default.htm
Forty years ago, with a single hotel and a dream, Harris Rosen changed Orlando’s meetings landscape forever.