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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 +1 778-713-0528 or michael@operto.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.