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Mr. Bornholdt

Dan Bornholdt

Founder & Owner, Green Suites Hotel Solutions

Eco-preneur Dan Bornholdt is the founder/owner of Ecorp, Inc. dba Green Suites Hotel Solutions. Additionally, Mr. Bornholdt owns all or a stake in several "green" ventures including luxury bamboo towel maker WiseTOWL.com, ProjectPlanetProgram.com, and ToilessPaper.com, a toilet paper brand.

He dropped out of University of California, Berkeley in 1979 as an English Major to start his first venture. Green Suites Hotel Solutions remains his core passion. Founded in 1993, Green Suites Hotel Solutions provides "profitable environmental solutions for the lodging industry." In 27 years, they have worked with over 4000 hotels in 50 states and 25 countries, preventing more than 500 million amenity packages from going into our oceans and local landfills while saving their hotel properties over $100 million dollars in energy, water, waste, and labor costs. The company's new goal is to reduce more than 5 billion tiny plastic bottles and soap bars by 2025. 

On a personal front, Mr. Bornholdt has had a life he wouldn't trade with anyone. Having customers around the globe has allowed him to raise two extraordinary daughters (independent homeowners, both in their mid-twenties--proud papa) while traveling to over 70 countries, climbing several sizable mountains in Asia and South America, and completing 3 Pacific Ocean crossings. When at home in California he is an innovative woodworker who invented the wooden "pocket urn," a handcrafted urn that allows one to take their loved ones with them, be that a vacation or just to their favorite breakfast spot. In 2017, Mr. Bornholdt co-founded the non-profit YourLemonadeStand.org that places entrepreneurs into classrooms to show students that there are a million ways to make it in the world. 

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

Mr. Bornholdt can be contacted at +1 909-920-1277 or dan@greensuites.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.