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Mr. Matulick

Michael Matulick

CEO, Concept Amenities

Michael Matulick is one of Australia's new generation of leaders, educated at Monash University with a Bachelor of Business and International Trade, with double major in Marketing and Chinese, he has over 15 years' experience in the global hospitality industry.

Mr. Matulick was appointed as CEO of Concept Amenities on July 1, 2009. He is responsible for leading the company, defining its purpose, developing its image and products, and driving growth in sales, profitability and market shares worldwide.

Mr. Matulick is passionate in steering the company towards a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible platform both in its operations and products that Concept Amenities market globally. Concept Amenities is an Australian owned and operated business supplying guest amenities across the world. The company is viewed by the industry as a leading supplier of environmentally responsible products as well as undertaking other global initiatives that benefit the environment and the communities that we operate in, such as Soap Aid.

Mr. Matulick helped establish Soap Aid in 2011 and remains CEO of the program as a philanthropic response to needless deaths due to the lack of sanitation in many developing countries. As a witness to the waste in the hospitality industry, he sought to develop a soap recycling program that would save lives.

With his vision realized, today Soap Aid is an independent charity managed by a board of experts and focused on life-saving missions. Soap Aid delivered 50,000 soaps to families in Fiji after Cyclone Winston to help prevent the spread of diseases.

Mr. Matulick can be contacted at 954-629-5593 or m.matulick@conceptamenities.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.