Several months ago Mandy Farmer, the President of Accent Inns put the word out that she was looking for volunteers to participate in the Power to Play adventure race. The race is in support of the great work done by the Power to Be organization with challenges designed by Anthony Bishop who also designs for the TV shows Survivor and the Amazing race. Always having community spirit and a sense of adventure it didn’t take long for several volunteers to come forth from the Head office staff and so was born the Accent Inn “Dusters”. The intrepid volunteers (or sacrifices depending on your perspective) were Dave Splawski, Chris Knight, John Espley and our “fearless leader” Mandy Farmer. (more…)
Family-owned BC hotel chain achieves eco-friendly hotel stays for travellers on a budget
Victoria, BC, April 20, 2010- Affordable room rates and strong social and environmental values don’t always go hand in hand with hotels, but as the next generation of family leadership takes Accent Inns into their 25th year, these three pillars are positively influencing the guest experience at all five Accent Inns in Victoria, Burnaby, at the Vancouver Airport, and in Kamloops and Kelowna. (more…)
Confession: I have an errand boy.
One of my passions is mentoring young, motivated women. They are normally in their 20’s and have an abundance of charisma and ambition. Without fail, the first question they always ask me is “How do you run a company and have a family? How do you do it all?” With a 2 and a 3 year old at home (and don’t forget that lab retriever) I consider myself a bit of an expert on this. (more…)
Recently Trip advisor rated the Accent Inn Burnaby as the “Best of Burnaby Canada” as rated by consumer reviews on their site. “ I’m very proud of our staff here”, said Joanne Wynn General Manager Accent Inn Burnaby. “They take real pride in providing the best service they can and the cleanest rooms anywhere”. (more…)
The Olympics and Our Values
Ahhhh, home sweet home after two glorious weeks spent at the Olympics.
Someone asked me the other day, “What is the biggest thing the Olympics have done for you?” Well, aside from the obvious month of phenomenal business we experienced in our Richmond and Burnaby locations, the Olympics have been surprisingly great for helping us define our values. (more…)
All of us at Accent Inns are so excited and proud of all of our Canadian Athletes whether they won a medal or not.
As an avid hockey fan my question to you our viewers….where were you when the Canadians Women or Men’s hockey team won Gold?
I was at home for both games and my poor wife and daughter had to put up with my loud Cheers and Jeers throughout the games ( especially at a certain 25 seconds before the end of regualtion play…).
Apparently I yelled so loud when we won that I scared the Dog and the Guinea pig both…
After the Men’s team won gold it was so cool to see people on our street running out of their houses shouting and yelling and waving Canadian Flags. I know it’s just a game but I can honestly say I felt such a level of pride being a Canadian at that moment. Congrats to Vancouver and Whistler and everyone who put together one great event in Vancouver 2010!
John Espley, Business Development Manager, Accent Inns.
Now that the 2010 Vancouver Olympics are here, the whole team at Accent Inns is thrilled to be a part of it.
From the guests staying at our Burnaby Hotel and Vancouver Airport Hotel to the activities and competitions going on all around. ” Our whole team has just embraced the Olympic spirit and it’s great to be here” said Joanne Wynn, General Manager of the Accent Inn Burnaby.
As I write this, I’m sitting at my grandfather’s large oak desk that was passed down to my father decades ago when Granddad retired from Farmer Construction, the family business he founded in 1951. Sitting at this exact desk, Dad started Accent Inns 24 years ago and now it’s my turn.