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Confession: My Creative Process

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

different with logosWith the launch and acclaim of Hotel Zed I’ve been asked a lot lately about my creative process and how I come up with these, well…” out there” ideas?! The same has been asked of Accent Inns’ Different in a Good Way campaign and philosophy. So here goes: (more…)

 

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The Passing of a Hotel

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

By John Espley.

small logoA few days back we introduced you to Accent Inns new cousin Hotel Zed. Today is the day when Hotel Zed officially comes into being but that also means we are saying goodbye to an old friend, The Blue Ridge Inn. Other than the general outline of the building, the transformation into Hotel Zed essentially removes all traces of Blue Ridge.

Think of it as saying goodbye to an old car. It did you well for many years. Only required servicing at the appropriate times but alas, the mileage was high and the style, well let’s just say not really anything that will ever obtain that “timeless” quality. (more…)

 

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My Streak of Authenticity

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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Mandy and son Oscar

All my life I’ve wanted to look older or be older: “I’ll tell you when you are older” said my parents to a very young me.  In my teens I’d put on a suit and extra eye make-up to try and make it into the liquor store.  And in the last decade I’d wear my hair in an up-do while trying to climb the corporate ladder in my family business.

I turned 40 last September and rather than completely dreading it, I was eagerly anticipating it. I’ve been merrily celebrating in a rather unconventional way – letting my grey streak show through.  Yes, you heard right.  For the last few months I’ve been excitedly working on ‘my little project” of letting a rather large patch of whitish grey hair grow out which has lovingly become known to me as my “Streak of Authenticity”. (more…)

 

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Mandy Farmer, Red Hot Woman Entrepreneur

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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OK, how many of you out there can say you have a Red Hot Woman for a boss and not get slapped, fired or sued… lol.  Well, Chatelaine and Profit Magazines have done that for Accent Inns. Oh that is they named Mandy Farmer one of the 7 Red Hot Woman Entrepreneurs for the year.  Have a read of the article from the Chatelaine written by Tralee Pearce.  (more…)

 

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Accent Inns Russ Hay’s Cycling Team Rides Again

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Accent Inns & Russ Hay’s Renew.  Scotiabank Steps Up.  Canadian champion Curtis Dearden to defend Title in 2014. Women’s & Men’s Team Increase in Horse Power

December 13, 2013 – Victoria BC

TAIRHpbPCC_logo_black_webhe Accent Inns Russ Hay’s Cycling Team presented by Scotiabank has announced today its Team roster and new partnerships for the 2014 Racing Season.  “We are very pleased to see that our racing program for 2014 is receiving great interest and support,” explains Jon Watkin, General Manager, “We have been able to strengthen our roster into a winning team on all levels.” (more…)

 

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The End of Summer Vacation and Back to Work Confession

Friday, September 6th, 2013
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What’s your inbox look like after a summer vacation

Without a doubt the worst part about summer vacations is that eventually you have to come back to work. This is coming from a woman who adores her job, loves coming to work on a daily basis, and is eager to get cracking even on Monday mornings… I just don’t like coming back from vacation.
I’m probably one of those people who’d be just fine not taking a vacation as I like my job so that I never feel that I need a break from it. Speaking of breaks, it’s vacations THAT actually seem to break my stride just when I’m on a roll! (more…)

 

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SCARY

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“Scary”

Aside from the usual nightmares that I’m sure everyone has (just last night I woke up to the image of my daughter sinking deeper and deeper vanishing into dark water while I struggled furiously to remove the cross country skies I was bizarrely wearing) there are a few things that scare the pants off me.  (more…)

 

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Confession: I put my oxygen mask on first

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Mandy at the OlympicsYup, I take care of numero uno. I have to because if I don’t, who’s going to do the rah-rah-sis-boom-bah at Accent Inns? I don’t need to tell you that during these never-ending recessionary times a little pom-pom magic is a crucial element of success! I know that a lot of my personal success has to do with bringing energy into the room, whether I’m giving a speech to the Chamber of Commerce or acting as a barometer for my watching team, I need to be at my best. Here are a few things that I do to keep my energy where it needs to be. (more…)

 

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President & CEO says, biking to meetings is easy!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Accent Inns President makes it look easy

Bike to Work Week is coming up and I often get asked the question, “How do you bike to work when you’re a business person? I don’t have a shower at work and I have appointments that I need my car for. I just can’t do it”.

Of course you can! First off, why on earth do you need your car for appointments?  I ride my bike to meetings and I swear I get there at least 10 minutes before everyone else because I didn’t have to find parking, fiddle with the meter, and then hoof it to the appointment.  The door to door advantage of a bike is huge, not to mention bypassing all the traffic. (more…)

 

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The Ups & Downs of Being a Female CEO

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Confession: I’ve cried in a business meeting

Accent Inns BC hotel chain CEO talks about crying

Confession: I've cried in a business meeting.

You do not know what shame that confession brings me.  My only consolation was that I was 7 months pregnant.  Well, the first time it happened.  The second time I have no excuse, other than being female, and in the corporate world tears are not  cool. And that brings me to my topic today:  the  ups and downs of being a female CEO. (more…)

 

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