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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.