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Mr. Driedger

Michael Driedger

CEO, Operto Guest Technologies

Michael Driedger has more two decades of experience in architecture, building design and construction with a passion for energy efficiency, sustainability, and intelligent systems designed to improve our overall quality of life.

Mr. Driedger founded Edge Consultants in 2012 to provide sustainable building services to clients in the Middle East, North America and Europe. While providing green building services to some of the largest hotel providers in Riyadh he was staggered by how hotels use as much energy as an outpatient hospital. It was this insight and standing in line at the check in desk after a 30 hour journey from Vancouver BC, Canada, that led to a pursuit to change building technology in the world of accommodation.

In 2016 Mr. Driedger spun a software company out of Edge Consultants to address the lack of connected software solutions in buildings (most specifically accommodation) and co-founded Operto Guest Technologies. The company brings building technology advancements to the fast paced world of accommodation. Since its introduction in 2016, Operto has revolutionized the way that hotels manage rooms, check in, energy and even air quality. The product is now being used in six countries around the world.

Mr. Driedger is passionate about commercializing IoT technology to solve guest experience, sustainability and cost efficiency challenges in hotels and short term property and vacation rentals.

Mr. Driedger is currently the CEO of Operto Guest Technologies and on its board of directors with Executive Chairman Darren Huston (former CEO of the Priceline Group). He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

More information available at www.operto.com and www.edgesustainability.com

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

Mr. Driedger can be contacted at 778-713-0528 or michael@operto.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.