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Mr. Sisson

Mark Sisson

Co-Founder, NanoTouch Materials

Mark Sisson is the cofounder of NanoTouch Materials, the world's first and only producer of NanoSeptic continuously self-cleaning surfaces.

Prior to NanoTouch, Mr.  Sisson ran an award winning advertising agency serving several clients in the hospitality, travel and food service industries.

As a thought leader in creating self-cleaning 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', 'NanoTechnology-The 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 self-cleaning 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 is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Computer Science.

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

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

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.