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Mr. Grohschaedl

Helmut Grohschaedl

Vice President Window Solutions Americas, REHAU

Helmut Grohschaedl is vice president of the window solutions division in the Americas region for REHAU, a global manufacturer of polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company is a leading supplier of high-performance uPVC windows and doors throughout the world. Mr. Grohschaedl has more than 20 years of experience in the international window and door industry. He began his career in 1991 as a master craftsman in his family's business, Carpentry Grohschaedl, in St. Urban, Austria. In this role, he led a team of carpenters who manufactured wooden doors and furniture for delivery throughout Europe and was also responsible for the RFQ process and account management.

 In 1998, Mr. Grohschaedl joined REHAU in Guntramsdorf, Austria as senior design and engineering manager for the company's window solutions division in South-East Europe. He led a team of engineers in new product development and customer support and was an active participant in the development of European standards for vinyl window profiles. In 2011, Mr. Grohschaedl transferred to the REHAU Americas headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, where he is now the top executive for the window solutions division that designs, produces and markets uPVC window and door extrusion profiles.

 Reporting to the chief executive officer of the Americas region, he is responsible for strategy, structure, budgets, people and financial outcomes. He has spearheaded the company's growth strategy for the commercial window market, including developing products and business strategies specifically designed to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of hotels.

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

Mr. Grohschaedl can be contacted at 703-777-5255 or helmut.grohschaedl@rehau.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.