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Mr. Hvisdos

Michael Hvisdos

Founder & CEO, InQuizo

Michael Hvisdos is founder and CEO of InQuizo, a contemporary Business Solution Agency that helps Fortune 500 companies and start-ups worldwide compete in today's ever changing business environment by developing and implementing innovative solutions, strategies, and messaging to accelerate growth for their Business, People and Customers. Mr. Hvisdos's experience included VP Sales & Marketing for Maritz Loyalty and Motivation where he was responsible for growth. He lead Microgy's renewable energy business as Executive Vice President and COO where he was responsible for growth of the business including Business Development, Project Engineering, Construction, Strategic Relationships, Project Funding, Technology, Marketing, Branding, and Public Relations. In addition, Mr. Hvisdos has held key leadership positions with GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies a $2 billion water treatment and services division of General Electric and with Environmental Management Corporation, a $60 million water, utilities and production outsourcing division of BOC Gases. At GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies Mr. Hvisdos lead the commercialization of GE's water & wastewater outsourcing platform and he has global responsibility for a $140 million business unit.

Mr. Hvisdos can be contacted at 163-640-5078 or info@inquizo.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.