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Mr. Gieselman

James Gieselman

Principal, Servidyne

Jim Gieselman is a principal in the consulting firm, Servidyne LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. He rejoined the firm after a 5-year stint as principal with Emeritus Consulting LLC. Servidyne provides energy and sustainability consulting in the commercial and institutional building space. Mr. Gieselman provides leadership and experience in the breath of Servidyne's offerings including energy auditing, retro-commissioning, strategic planning and energy modeling. Previously he managed the operation of Servidyne's engineering group, providing energy and sustainability consulting services for commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities.

Mr. Gieselman has served as the corporate energy consultant to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, advising their hotel properties throughout North America in the areas of energy efficiency and HVAC infrastructure. He was also instrumental in enhancing the functionality of fault detection / diagnostics software. He began his career with The Trane Company where he rose to the level of Manager, Industrial Sales and Application Engineering. After leaving Trane, he founded MJC, Inc., a manufacturing company dedicated to innovative customization of HVAC equipment.

Mr. Gieselman holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from The Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of ASHRAE, and an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP). Mr. Gieselman is also an instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College where he teaches an advanced HVAC course to building engineers for Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Atlanta.

He has also authored a number of articles for various publications on the topic of energy and energy conservation.

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

Mr. Gieselman can be contacted at 470-355-9014 or jim.gieselman@servidyne.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.