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Mr. Schwartz

Matt Schwartz

Chief Technology Officer of Information Technology, Sage Hospitality

Matt Schwartz currently serves as Chief Technology Officer of Information Technology at Sage Hospitality. In this capacity, Mr. Schwartz has responsibility for all aspects of IT including both within Sage's corporate offices and across all Sage Hotels within the United States.

Mr. Schwartz oversees teams that handle applications, infrastructure, business intelligence, project management and security for the entire company. He spends most days thwarting cyberattacks, enhancing Sage's growing CRM database, and moving as much as possible to the Cloud.

Sage Hospitality explores innovation in hospitality in creative ways under Mr. Schwartz's leadership. From in-house robots to crypto-currency, Sage continues to test ways that the industry can evolve both in the guest experience and the improvement of systems to create more seamless and efficient ways to move the speed of business. Compliance and security also are on the forefront of IT attention as the continuous threat of personal information hacking grows, the safety and security of Sage's guests is always the number one priority.

Prior to joining Sage, Mr. Schwartz served as the VP of Digital Solutions at Intrawest where he deployed a cloud-based Central Reservation System (CRS) to all of Intrawest's resort properties including Winter Park and Steamboat in Colorado.

Prior to Intrawest, Mr. Schwartz held various leadership positions in IT and Finance at corporations like PetSmart and Staples. Mr. Schwartz has a strong passion for technology, starting his career as a "coder" of HTML and SQL.

Mr. Schwartz earned a B.S. with Honors from Cornell University and an M.B.A from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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

Mr. Schwartz can be contacted at +1 303-595-7200 or info@sagehospitality.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.