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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.