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Mandy Farmer Finalist for Business Person of the Year

The Accent Inns family is proud to have our fierce and formidable President and CEO, Mandy Farmer, nominated for Business Person of the Year by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. 

In case you don’t know, Mandy Farmer leads Accent Inns, our boastfully BC hotel chain with seven properties, five of which are Accent Inns and the other two being the ridiculously fun retro-chic Hotel Zed. Mandy birthed the concept of Hotel Zed three years ago in her hometown of Victoria and it was an instant hit.

A few of her recent accomplishments include her current #25 ranking in Profit Magazine’s Top100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, recently being named national Hotelier of the Year and her appointment as an Honorary Captain of the Navy affiliated with the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

The most fascinating thing about Mandy is her vision and relentless drive for innovation in face of stern naysayers and disbelievers. She reinvented and restructured the way Accent Inns did business, driving significant profit and cost savings as a result. She is the epitome of her brand’s motto, “Different in a Good Way,” and rides her bike to work every day, rain or shine, in high heels, bright 1980’s tights and funky dresses. When you meet her, you might think she is Hotel Zed personified.

The winner will be announced at the Greater Victoria Business Awards gala on April 20, 2017.

The full list of the Greater Victoria Business awards is here:

Business Person of the Year; sponsored by United Way of Greater Victoria
Scott Burley, 2 Burley Men Moving 
Mandy Farmer, Accent Inns | Hotel Zed

Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings
Fort Properties
Western Interior Design Group

New Business; sponsored by Peninsula Co-op
Freshworks Studio
Loomo Marketing

Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); sponsored by City of Victoria
Balance Home Cleaning
BC Hazmat Management

Business of the Year (11-39 Employees); sponsored by CHEK News
Orca Spirit Adventures
Proline Management Ltd.

Business of the Year (40+); sponsored by Capital Magazine
Beanstream
Peninsula Co-op

Outstanding Workplace; sponsored by HRMA Vancouver Island
Checkfront
Smart Dolphins IT Solutions

Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 
Coastal Community Credit Union
Flytographer

Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Innvo8 Digital Solutions Inc.
Outlooks for Men
STS Pain Pharmacy

Sustainable Business Practices

Bernhardt Contracting
City Green Solutions

Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University
Rachel Paish, Passion & Performance
Glen Smethurst, Van Isle Paint and Island Digital Marketing 

Non-Profit of the Year; sponsored by Children's Foundation of Vancouver Island
Lifetime Networks 
Our Place Society

Chamber Member of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada
Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing

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