Editorial Board   

Mr. Wasik

Michael S. Wasik

Chairman, CEO, Interim CFO, Roomlinx Inc.

Michael Wasik joined the Roomlinx Executive Management team in August of 2005 after executing the merger of his company, SuiteSpeed with Roomlinx. Currently Mr. Wasik is responsible for leading Roomlinx, which includes the development and market penetration of Roomlinx' newest product, Roomlinx Interactive TV. Roomlinx Interactive TV provides HD Hollywood movies, high speed internet, HD specialty content, international and U.S. television programming, music, MP3 player connectivity, business productivity tools, concierge services, games and more via the in-room flat screen television. Roomlinx also supports 25,000 internet connected (wired and wireless) hotel rooms throughout the US and Canada. Prior to the Roomlinx merger, Mr. Wasik was the CEO/Founder of SuiteSpeed Inc. a wireless Internet provider within the hospitality market. Having launched SuiteSpeed in late 2002, Mr. Wasik was responsible for defining technology architecture, market direction, and the overall vision for this fast growing WiFi company. Since starting SuiteSpeed, he has expanded the company's geographical coverage from its Denver backyard to serving hotel chains and independents across the U.S. Under his direction, SuiteSpeed was on Mercury's top 100 fastest growing companies list for 2003 and 2004. Mr. Wasik is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of TRG Inc. an IT consulting company. Having launched TRG in late 1997 with no outside funding, Mr. Wasik has been responsible for the overall sales and marketing effort, and defining TRG's overall vision. Under his leadership, the company achieved average growth of 300% per year, over the first four years with positive EBITDA. Since starting TRG, Mr. Wasik has expanded the company's billable resources from 6 consultants in 1997 to 60 consultants in 2000 serving Fortune 500 corporations across the U.S. Mr. Wasik has managed over 60 people in 4 offices throughout the United States. Mr. Wasik was nominated for the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and currently sits on the Editorial Board for HotelExecutive.com

Mr. Wasik can be contacted at 303-544-1111 ext. 101 or mwasik@roomlinx.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.