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 3035441111101 or mwasik@roomlinx.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.