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Mr. Sisson

Mark Sisson

Co-Founder, NanoTouch Materials

Mark Sisson is the Co-Founder of NanoTouch Materials Mark Sisson is the cofounder of NanoTouch Materials, the world's first and only producer of NanoSeptic continuously self­cleaning surfaces. Mr. Sisson is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to NanoTouch, he ran an award­winning advertising agency serving several clients in the hospitality, travel and food service industries. As a thought leader in creating self­cleaning products, Mr. Sisson is the author of editorial content for prominent industry publications such as ISSA Today, including articles such as The Psychology of Clean , NanoTechnology­The Next Really Big Small Thing , and most recently The War on Germs Goes High Tech He also manages NanoTouch’s research and development program, funded by a $2 million grant, to advance self­cleaning surface technology as well as discover new product applications for the hospitality, food service, healthcare, and facility management industries. This research, as well as current product manufacturing, is being conducted at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in Forest, Virginia.Mr. Sisson lives on his farm in Amherst County, Virginia with his wife and two children. Please visit http://www.nanoseptic.com for more information.

Mr. Sisson can be contacted at mark@nanoseptic.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.