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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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Profit Names Accent Inns CEO Mandy Farmer

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Mandy Farmer, President and CEO Accent Inns

Mandy Farmer, President and CEO Accent Inns

For Immediate Release:

Accent Inns CEO, Mandy Farmer, recognized as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on the 2010 PROFIT W100 list

October 20, 2010, Victoria, BC – In two years, under the leadership of Mandy Farmer, Accent Inns has expanded its markets, greened more of its business process and retained staff far beyond industry standards. They have also had a profitable year while holding true to their company vision of investing back into the community, in light of a poor global economy, an accomplishment elevating Farmer into an elite group of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs, as recognized by PROFIT magazine’s 12th annual W100 list.



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How much should you tip?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
picture of a doorman


Confession: I don’t tip doormen.

True, I don’t often stay in places that have doormen, but when I do, I bristle at the fact that people give them neatly folded bills just for opening the door.  And yet I enjoy overtipping when the service dictates it, such as my hairdresser coming in on her day off to hide my grossly grey roots before I head off to an important conference.

One essential service that I feel is drastically under tipped is the housekeeping department in hotels.  We’ll tip the waiter who plunks a coke and cheeseburger in front of us, the cabbie who took us 4 blocks without uttering a word, the concierge for picking up the phone and making us a dinner reservation… but the housekeeper who busts her butt meticulously cleaning our room most often gets only her wages. (more…)


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• Gender Discrimination – both sexes guilty

Friday, July 9th, 2010
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Both sexes are guilty of gender discrimination


I admit it.  I’m not your typical CEO.  I’m a woman, I’m in my mid thirties and I live in a town that’s known for its “Old Boys Club”.

This was brought home to me early in my career when I went to our local business club for lunch, one of those traditional gentlemen’s clubs that now accepts  women as members.  I walked in with my dad, a regular there, and followed his lead to a long communal table in the middle of the room, clearly marked, “Nooners”.



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Top 3 Things a Career Woman Should Do

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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…)


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The First Confession

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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.



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