We chat with president and CEO of Accent Inns and Hotel Zed Mandy Farmer about how the Victorian hotel chains have helped out during the pandemic and why creating a unique experience for clients is so important in the hotel industry today.
Mandy Farmer is the president and CEO of Accent Inns and Hotel Zed, a position which she has held for 12 years after taking over the position from her father Terry in 2008. Since taking over, Mandy has completely rebranded the hotel chain and has turned it into a funky destination with several unique touches, bright colours and a generally fun atmosphere. She also created the spin off chain Hotel Zed in 2014, which maintains a retro and colourful theme with locations in both Victoria and Kelowna. Throughout her career, Mandy has been honoured with numerous accolades, including being named as one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40, reaching the finals in the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and being ranked #26 in Profit Magazines Top100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs. Host Ben Waterworth talks to Mandy about her unique journey to take over the company from her father, and why she has such a passion for her job.