I am Loren Stone, CEO for the advancement of education, workforce development and business opportunities in technology and autonomy.
Loren Stone's Bio:
Loren Stone's Experience:
CEO at Sovereign HospitalityJune 2003 - Present | Breckenridge and Denver, Colorado
Sovereign Hospitality, a resort, hotel, spa and development company. Sovereign managed three to five-star resorts, hotels, condominiums, luxury homes, spa, conference and restaurants. Management and services provided for multiple resort, hotel, conference, spa and wellness properties in North and Central America; casual to award winning fine dining restaurants; marina, mixed use developments. • Resort, Hotel, Spa, Restaurant, Asset, and Project Management. • Responsibilities included: global marketing and sales; brand management and spokesperson; acquisitions and contract negotiations; owner relations; strategic planning; asset, project and revenue management; finance, bankruptcy, receivership and cost control; development and design; operations. • Extensive International business experience on six continents: refined skills of communication, while developing global relations; expanding markets; negotiations; contracting; compliance with government regulations; operations. • While President received accolades from: Fodor’s, Condé Nast, Expedia Insider’s Select, World Travel Award, International Spa Association, Summit County Chamber to name me a few.
Chief Executive Officer at BeWellMarketplace.comJanuary 2014 - Present | Columbus, Ohio
Develop industry-tailored online marketplaces connecting brands and buyers for business-2-business transactions. A central industry tailored network for goods and services; management of inventory and distribution; supported by third party logistics services for distribution, shipping and services. Buyers and brands can transact and process orders more efficiently reducing overhead costs; develop new relationships; increasing profitability and growth. http://www.BeWellMarketplace.com
President at The Spa MarketplaceApril 2011 - Present | Columbus, Ohio and Breckenridge, Colorado
Offering products and services in marketing, sales, fulfillment and distribution for the spa, wellness, and health industries. • Strategic planning; new market development; implement a turnaround plan; establish budget controls; review and renegotiate contracts. • Develop a startup division in health and wellness to diversify parent company’s business holdings. • Spearhead the development of a custom technology infrastructure and virtual warehouse for clients and operations. Utilizing open source platforms, integrating dynamic interfaces for education, sales and the distribution of goods and services. Bring warehouse operations into the modern digital arena. • Take the company global starting with Canada. Establish import/export department for goods and services. • In the first year of operation Loren and The Spa Marketplace were recognized as a leader and semi-finalist for technology innovation.
Affiliation and Member at ISPA (International SPA Association)2004 - 2011
Since 1991, the International SPA Association has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, cruise ship, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth.
General Manager/Director of Sales & Marketing at The Lodge & Spa at BreckenridgeJune 2003 - June 2009 | Breckenridge, Colorado
A Fodor’s Platinum Choice hotel, 46-rooms, spa, conference facility, award winning fine dining restaurant with luxury chalets and condominiums. Condé Nast “Top 50 Ski Resorts”, Expedia Insider’s Select, Summit County Small Business of the Year. • Increased gross operating profits, year one, by 340%, year two, by 150%; and guest satisfaction by 50%. • Increased revenues by 50% per average room night and 200% in lodging gross revenues. • Complete rebuild and development of revenue and operational programs. Leading installation reservation and operational systems. • Improved brand awareness and new market development by 400% through marketing and collaborative partnerships. Established market position in the top three in lion share amongst 100+ Breckenridge lodging companies; and recognized as the premier fine dining restaurant.
ISPA Marketing/Social Media/Technology Task Force at ISPA (International SPA Association)2007 - 2009 | The United States of America
Appointed to the International Spa Association (ISPA) marketing committee, 2007 to 2008; and 2009 as the co-chair of the Technology Task Force. http://ow.ly/eRRft The Technology Task Force was tasked with exploring ways the association can develop technology-based ideas to serve as a benefit to the membership. The Task Force researched and discussed multiple technologically-based items during its appointment period. The Marketing Task Force responsibilities included the development of ISPA as the leading resource and association in the global spa industry, while promoting the ideals and practices of this industry. Loren Stone, Marketing Roadmap How to Navigate the Crossroads and Never Lose Direction, audio from conference http://www.mobiltape.com/conference/2007-ISPA-Annual-Conference ISPA Conference Speaker, http://ow.ly/eRQPF
Co-General Manager/Director of Sales & Marketing at El Santuario Resort & SpaJanuary 2007 - January 2008 | Valle de Bravo, Mexico
As a managed property of Sovereign Hospitality, Loren assumed the executive positions on site. A World Travel Gold Award resort with 64-luxury suites, 20,000 square foot spa, 60,000 square foot conference facility, golf, marina and residential community. • Provided operational leadership to this internationally acclaimed five-star hotel with a staff of 150. • Increased gross revenues by 90%, year one; developed property management system; implemented yield management, concierge and customer service programs. • Increased employee productivity and improved guest service levels, while reducing operating costs through organizational changes and process improvements. Developed dual language customer service and training program. • Created a group sales team in Mexico City and established new global markets.
Board of Directors at Breckenridge Festival of Film2006 - 2007 | Breckenridge, Colorado
Established in 1981, the Breckenridge Festival of Film is one of the oldest film festivals in the country. In addition, the festival plays host to an impressive list of Hollywood premieres; past notables include: Kung Fu Panda (2009 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film), La Vie en Rose (2008 winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, and winner of the 2008 Golden Globe award for Best Actress). Each year, the Breckenridge Festival of Film is hosted by none other than Film Critic, Jeffrey Lyons, along with his son Ben Lyons, the E! Network Daily Top 10's film critic. More than 80 Hollywood luminaries have appeared in Breckenridge over the past years, including; Donald Sutherland, Jon Voight, Michael York, Connie Nielsen, Eva Marie Saint, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Jon Favreau.
President at Summit County Chamber2001 - 2007 | Summit County, Colorado
Proudly serving the mountain communities of Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne, Colorado. The Summit County Chamber is an advocate for local business. With a regional focus on legislative, health care, business-to-business issues. Loren was the first President to be elected for two terms since the Chamber's inception thirty years ago.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Regional at East West Resorts2001 - 2003 | Summit County, Colorado
A regional management company with studio, 1-, 2-, 3-, 4+ bedroom, luxury condominiums, townhomes and chalets. Developed and opened the first luxury conference resort in Breckenridge in decades. • Managed reservations, sales, marketing, conference services and Hyatt interval inventory departments. • Increased revenue by 22%. • Spearheaded the event and sponsorship program, creating year-round event partnerships. • Established new group conference segment generating a 13% increase in revenue. • Sales and marketing program increased call conversion by 50%; phone volume by 10%. • Part of development team that opened an 81-room luxury conference resort, Main Street Station. A 200,000 square foot resort, Hyatt Vacation Club, two restaurants, retail/commercial space.
Marketing Manager (Acting director of marketing) at Vail Resorts International, Breckenridge Lodging & Hospitality1997 - 2001 | Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge Lodging & Hospitality, lodging division for Vail Resorts. This included ski-in/ski-out AAA Four-Star properties to budget friendly AAA Three-Star accommodations: The Village at Breckenridge Resort, Great Divide Lodge, Breckenridge Mountain Lodge, and Rocky Mountain Resort Lodging. A total 686 bed base, seven food and beverage outlets, and year-round special events. • Managed the marketing, sponsorship and annual events program for these resort properties. Developed and maintained sales, yield and marketing strategies. • Increased revenues by 20%. • Marketing coordinator, May 1997 – 1999
Elected North East Area Commissioner at North East Area CommissionJuly 2015 - Present | Columbus, Ohio
The mission of the Near East Area Commission is to advocate for and serve the residents and citizens who live and work within the boundaries of the NEAC area. As a NEAC commissioner Stone fulfills its mission by carrying out the following responsibilities: 1. Identifying and studying the problems and requirements of the Near East Area. 2. Aiding and promoting communications within the Near East Community as well as between it and the rest of the Columbus Metropolitan area. 3. Initiating, reviewing and recommending criteria and programs for the preservation, development and enhancement of the Near East Area. 4. Recommending priorities for and reviewing the adequacy of government services and the operations of various government departments in the Near East Area. 5. Reviewing all applications for and related to proposed development and demolition within the Near East Area.
CEO at Murphy Company, LLCJune 2013 - Present | Columbus, Ohio
69-year-old company providing technology products, sales and services; including, the operation of a distribution, fulfillment and logistics center servicing numerous areas of industry. With products and services for drones, robotics and unmanned systems. The primary focus is technology at Murphy Company with three pivot points in its history. In 1947, it entered into technological business solutions (e.g. integrated software and hardware solutions), while leading the charge into the graphic arts industry with the evolution of the offset press in the 1950's. In addition providing, logistics and fulfillment solutions. The re-branding of the company began with rebuilding the infrastructure and operating systems, and positioning the Company through the 21st Century in technology solutions and services. The development of B2B and B2C ecommerce marketplaces, state of the art ERP software development for warehouse management and identifying new markets. Murphy Company continues its leadership in technology into the booming unmanned and drone markets. Also, with the development of an autonomous hub and community. Technology and Logistics.
President at UAV Systems AssociationJune 2015 - Present | United States
An organization for enthusiasts and professionals to offer the opportunity to gain immediate access to advances in the field, and establish a personal networking system in the locale for business and consumer use.
Vice-president of Tesla Foundation; Director of the Midwest at Tesla FoundationJanuary 2016 - Present | Columbus, Ohio
The Tesla Foundation is a non-for-profit science and technology Think Tank for The Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the Architect of Americas Technology Farm System. - Launching a global UAS (drone) curriculum for workforce development and job creation in collaboration with the National Training Center, Sinclair. - Bringing UAS to the equation as a layer of community transportation in Smart City Columbus initiatives. A interrelationship between people, cars, buses, delivery vans and UAS bring a mobility process when tied together by sensors and systems manages the movement of everything. The UAS layer of operations in this orchestra completes the connection between design, engineering, technology, logistics, and services creating a fluid ecotrans system. We are supporting UAS (unmanned aerial systems) or drones in the Midwest market. A sampling of our efforts include: 1) An online professional curriculum developed with our partners at the UAS National Training Center; 2) Expanding partnerships with Ohio academic institutions for research and innovation; 3) Active involvement and support for smart city planning and development. Latest efforts #SmartColumbus, Columbus.gov/smartcolumbus The Tesla Foundation accomplishes its non-profit goals utilizing the combined efforts of its technology farm system, research, education, applications and high level educational events and summits.
CEO at Autonomy HubJuly 2016 - Present | Columbus, Ohio
Click to edit position descriptionA collaborative Hub for innovation, services, products and education in autonomous and unmanned systems. AutonomyHub.com
Loren Stone's Education:
Kent State UniversityBachelors of Business AdministrationConcentration: MarketingActivities: • Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity • Ski and Mountain Bike Clubs
Colorado Mountain CollegeActivities: • Certified Firefighter I, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Engineer and Hazardous Materials
Colorado Institute of Arts (C.I.A.)Concentration: PhotographyActivities: • Accepted into C.I.A., Colorado for photography
Loren Stone's Interests & Activities:
ENTHUSIAST An outdoor enthusiast that enjoys staying active. Whether it is on skis, mountain biking, whitewater rafting to endurance races. As a devout college football, Ohio State Buckeye, fan you can find him seeking out fellow supporters in any country when traveling globally. The exposure to the diversity in the world opened up experiences and brought personal and professional enlightenment. Loren Stone actively enjoys immersing himself deep into cultures around the globe, all the while enjoying capturing travels through photography.