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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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Terry Farmer knows the power of helping people

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Terry Farmer Founder & Chairman, Accent Inns

Below is a reprint of the Victoria Chamber Awards Gala program where Friday April 27, Terry Farmer was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After all, if he hadn’t offered to lend a hand to help his father and partner build the Chateau Victoria he might never have realized just how much more fun he could have in hospitality rather than a career in banking, property management or construction.

Anyone who knows Terry, knows that he isn’t content to rest on his laurels. Positive change has been a staple of his life. Terry’s advice to the graduates of Royal Roads at their 2007 Convocation, “… as life moves on over the years do not hesitate to change your area of work should opportunities arise. When they do you should do your due diligence and then strike out quickly, especially if you have a chance to get out on your own and become an entrepreneur. I did this 21 years ago and it was the most thrilling and challenging stage of my career (aside from getting married of course).” (more…)

 

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Earth Day – A Great Reminder

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Mandy Farmer CEO of the Victoria BC hotel chain plants BC dogwood in honor of 25 years

Mandy Farmer Pres of Accent Inns plants BC Dogwood with help from Bill Turner of the TLC

Yesterday was Earth Day which was a perfect opportunity for me to reflect.

I’m thrilled to congratulate my whole team on achieving and maintaining a rating of 4 Green Keys! Yes, that’s right, all five of the Accent Inns throughout BC are rated as Four Green Key Properties by the Hotel Association of Canada. This is the second highest available rating and one that shows national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies and practices. (more…)

 

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Accent Inn Founder Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Terry Farmer founder and chairman of the Victoria BC Hotel chain, Accent Inns

Terry Farmer, Founder of Accent Inns and long time Chamber supporter

Terry Farmer Wins Chamber Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award

February 17, 2012– Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the Annual Greater Victoria Business Awards. Terry Farmer, founder and past CEO and President of Accent Inns will be awarded the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event on April 27, 2012. Accent Inns is an award-winning, family-owned, British Columbia hotel chain with several properties in BC. (more…)

 

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Timesavers, Juggling ideas and other secrets

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Victoria BC hotel chain CEO Mandy Farmer, multitasking at home

Mandy Farmer multitasking at home

Hot on the heels of my secrets to success blog post, here’s a random smattering of shortcuts and tricks of the trade that I often employ to help me get the most out of my day. Please note some of these are desperate measures and are not to be used daily!

For instance, the first one – Dry Shampoo – should only be used on occasions when you are really pressed for time or just can’t stand the thought of wash, rinse, repeat, blow-dry, style, hairspray routine. Just sprinkle this dry powder on the roots of your hair and voila! No need to shower, but maybe an extra layer of deodorant wouldn’t hurt. (more…)

 

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What Makes a Good Employer

Friday, January 13th, 2012
John Espley Business Development Manager Accent Inns Victoria BC Hotel Chain

John offers his opinion on what makes a good employer

Recently  a chamber of commerce member, Mark Mawhinney,  and I were discussing  what it means to be successful in business and we got onto the subject of what makes a good employer? We  agreed that business success is more than just making money. Every entrepreneur hopes to get a good return on their investment but supporting their community,  gaining respect from employees and peers are also key factors on the list. Our conclusion was that the successful  business leaders/employers  we’ve met are the ones that not only have achieved the goals listed above but also have a sincere desire to offer employees opportunities to grow professionally and personally.  (more…)

 

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2011 Year in Review

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Terry farmer jumps for joy - Victoria hotel chain, Accent Inns Celebrates 25 years in business

Terry Farmer founder of the BC hotel chain excited over Accent Inns awesome success

Wow, what a year 2011 was for the Accent Inn team.

The year began with us launching the first ever hotel rewards  for Pets, the “Pet Fee Free” card back in March. The response had people  talking about it online from all over North America (not just Canada). Next, one of our Vancouver Airport  team members, Zully, won a Tourism Vancouver award for his service. We went from the excitement for Zully  to  our founder, Terry Farmer, being awarded Tourism Victoria`s first ever Lifetime Member award, which really put a spring in our steps. (more…)

 

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BC Business names Accent Inns one of BC’s Best Companies to Work For

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Accent Inns takes 5th spot in top 10

The BC owned and operated hotel chain takes 5th spot in top 10

Dec. 1, 2011, Victoria, BC – The editors of BC Business gave Accent Inns, a proudly BC owned and operated hotel chain, top marks Tuesday  night at a ceremony that recognized the province’s Best Companies to Work For.  Accent Inns was named 5th out of the 10 winning Best Companies to Work For in the category of More Than 100 Employees. To determine the winners, the team at BC Business graded employee-submitted surveys, each measuring satisfaction and engagement in four distinct areas: talent systems, employee engagement, leadership dynamics and organization culture. 

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Secrets to Success

Monday, November 28th, 2011
don't tell anyone the secrets to success

sssshhh it's a secret

When it comes to success I sure don’t have all the answers, so I reached out to people who I think are very successful to get their take on this topic. But, before you read any further, the first and absolutely most important step to take when it comes to success is to define it.  Success could mean giving up all your worldly belongings and meditating on top of a mountain, or finding that gorgeous trophy husband who spends his entire day cooking, cleaning and eagerly anticipating your arrival.  It’s all in how you define it.  Here are a few secrets from successful people in my life:  (more…)

 

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What a Week for Accent Inns Team Members!

Friday, October 28th, 2011
Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns BC hotel group

Mandy Farmer, not only contributes her time but supports her staff

We don’t usually create a list such as this but this has been an extra exciting week for several of our Accent Inn team members. We just had to talk about it!

Katie Bahnsen, General Manager of our Kamloops hotel, is the current president of the Kamloops Accommodation Association. The Kamloops hoteliers joined together in a membership campaign and  donated $5 per occupied room on August 1  to the ICCH Wish Fund.  Katie had the wonderful honor on behalf of the Association to  present a cheque for $9102 to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. The donated funds will go towards the Intensive Care Unit at RIH.

“It’s such an incredible feeling to work for an organization that supports its staff and encourages community involvement”

Chris Browne, General Manager of the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport hotel, has been nominated for a Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award. Considering his efforts to support the community through Rotary and other groups, we certainly feel the recognition is well deserved. (more…)

 

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