Editorial Board   

Mr. Wasik

Michael S. Wasik

Chairman, CEO, Interim CFO, Roomlinx Inc.

Michael Wasik joined the Roomlinx Executive Management team in August of 2005 after executing the merger of his company, SuiteSpeed with Roomlinx. Currently Mr. Wasik is responsible for leading Roomlinx, which includes the development and market penetration of Roomlinx' newest product, Roomlinx Interactive TV. Roomlinx Interactive TV provides HD Hollywood movies, high speed internet, HD specialty content, international and U.S. television programming, music, MP3 player connectivity, business productivity tools, concierge services, games and more via the in-room flat screen television. Roomlinx also supports 25,000 internet connected (wired and wireless) hotel rooms throughout the US and Canada. Prior to the Roomlinx merger, Mr. Wasik was the CEO/Founder of SuiteSpeed Inc. a wireless Internet provider within the hospitality market. Having launched SuiteSpeed in late 2002, Mr. Wasik was responsible for defining technology architecture, market direction, and the overall vision for this fast growing WiFi company. Since starting SuiteSpeed, he has expanded the company's geographical coverage from its Denver backyard to serving hotel chains and independents across the U.S. Under his direction, SuiteSpeed was on Mercury's top 100 fastest growing companies list for 2003 and 2004. Mr. Wasik is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of TRG Inc. an IT consulting company. Having launched TRG in late 1997 with no outside funding, Mr. Wasik has been responsible for the overall sales and marketing effort, and defining TRG's overall vision. Under his leadership, the company achieved average growth of 300% per year, over the first four years with positive EBITDA. Since starting TRG, Mr. Wasik has expanded the company's billable resources from 6 consultants in 1997 to 60 consultants in 2000 serving Fortune 500 corporations across the U.S. Mr. Wasik has managed over 60 people in 4 offices throughout the United States. Mr. Wasik was nominated for the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and currently sits on the Editorial Board for HotelExecutive.com

Mr. Wasik can be contacted at 303-544-1111 ext. 101 or mwasik@roomlinx.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.