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Mr. Bornholdt

Dan Bornholdt

Founder & Owner, Green Suites Hotel Solutions

Eco-preneur Dan Bornholdt is the founder/owner of Ecorp, Inc. dba Green Suites Hotel Solutions. Additionally, Mr. Bornholdt owns all or a stake in several "green" ventures including luxury bamboo towel maker WiseTOWL.com, ProjectPlanetProgram.com, and ToilessPaper.com, a toilet paper brand.

He dropped out of University of California, Berkeley in 1979 as an English Major to start his first venture. Green Suites Hotel Solutions remains his core passion. Founded in 1993, Green Suites Hotel Solutions provides "profitable environmental solutions for the lodging industry." In 27 years, they have worked with over 4000 hotels in 50 states and 25 countries, preventing more than 500 million amenity packages from going into our oceans and local landfills while saving their hotel properties over $100 million dollars in energy, water, waste, and labor costs. The company's new goal is to reduce more than 5 billion tiny plastic bottles and soap bars by 2025. 

On a personal front, Mr. Bornholdt has had a life he wouldn't trade with anyone. Having customers around the globe has allowed him to raise two extraordinary daughters (independent homeowners, both in their mid-twenties--proud papa) while traveling to over 70 countries, climbing several sizable mountains in Asia and South America, and completing 3 Pacific Ocean crossings. When at home in California he is an innovative woodworker who invented the wooden "pocket urn," a handcrafted urn that allows one to take their loved ones with them, be that a vacation or just to their favorite breakfast spot. In 2017, Mr. Bornholdt co-founded the non-profit YourLemonadeStand.org that places entrepreneurs into classrooms to show students that there are a million ways to make it in the world. 

Please visit http://www.greensuites.com for more information.

Mr. Bornholdt can be contacted at +1 909-920-1277 or dan@greensuites.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.